Tuesday, August 30, 2016

5 Reasons why YOU should Study Abroad while at The Citadel.

It has been nearly two months since I left Spain to come back to the United States and continue with my life as a cadet at The Citadel. Do I think about my trip in Spain often? I think about my time in Spain literally every single day. Whether I'm eating, sleeping, or hanging out with my friends, I always end up reminiscing my experience in Spain. It definitely is a sad reality check when you know you can never have that experience again. One of the most prominent factor I learned from this trip was about myself. I learned a lot more about myself and my capabilities as a human being. I was able to learn how I dealt with problems or obstacles that were stopping me from advancing and my other hidden personalities that I was not able to learn before when I was in my comfort zone. I loved every single second of my life while I was abroad and I will always cherish and remember those who made my trip amazing as well.

Today, I want to give a quick 5 reasons why my brothers and sisters at The Citadel should study abroad before they graduate from the best military college in the world.

1. It's never too late to go study abroad- Even though, I've always wanted to study abroad ever since I was a knob, I always thought It was impossible for me to study abroad due to being an Army contracted cadet and other issues such as financial and scheduling. I learned that even as a rising Army contracted senior, you can make everything work and study abroad if you stay hungry for your goals.

2. You will have a chance to make friends from all over the world- Despite creating a strong brotherhood/sisterhood at The Citadel, you will have a chance to communicate with other people from all over the world and learn about their respective schools and cultural norms.

3. New perspectives about yourself and your future- I learned about my true inner personality from traveling. I have also gained new perspectives about certain things in life due to meeting different people from all over the world and seeing the world.

4. You get a chance to learn another language- Knowledge is power and it doesn't hurt to learn another language. In fact, you almost need to know another language in order to survive in this generation. I was lucky to learn more about Spanish grammar and culture to possibly make Spanish as my third language.

5. Experiences that you get from studying abroad will be unforgettable- Studying abroad in a different country will give you enough stories to last a lifetime. Looking back at metro tickets, maps, or other small things from certain countries will allow you to remember how incredible your time abroad was compared to being home.