Global Study Semester:
Economics/Mathematics and German Studies
- Student Outreach Program
- Garthwait Leadership Center
My Story from Global Study:
Ever since I was a little kid I've been in love with soccer and I dreamed that one day I would get to attend a Bundesliga (the professional soccer league in Germany) game in person. Well, lucky enough for me, Freiburg, the city where I studied abroad, had a professional soccer team, and I was fortunate enough to make that dream become a reality. For my 21st birthday, I bought myself a jersey, and a good buddy of mine and I got front row tickets to see SC Freiburg play Schalke 04. Freiburg won 2-0 and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life.
My Advice for Future Students:
My piece of advice for anyone considering studying abroad would be, "Just go." Do it. It sounds extremely cliché, but studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your time abroad is something that nobody will ever be able to take away from you. You will learn so much - both about the world around you, and yourself. It won't always be easy, and you'll definitely get homesick at times, but the biggest regrets that I have are for the things that I didn't do. I don't regret leaving my friends and family for a semester, I regret getting within a mile of Denmark's border and not crossing over. I don't regret bringing my bank account to almost $0, I regret not trying more bizarre ethnic food's while I had the chance. Did I miss things while I was abroad? Sure, I missed my cat and being on Eastern Standard Time and things like that, but now that I am back home, I miss visiting a foreign country every weekend and hanging out with all of the friends that I made while abroad. The point is that no matter what you do in life, you will be missing out on something, but in the end, you will only regret the chances that you didn't take. Take the chance. Study abroad.