Study abroad will enlighten your mind, inspire your spirit, and enhance your career.
There are so many reasons why one should consider studying abroad but one piece of information I found on vista wide’s website was a bit appalling. The source for the information I am about to share with you can be found by clicking the link above. I realize that this information was collected a few years back so I certainly hope that the percentages have changed since then. According to vista wide’s site the US Senate reported in 2006, “87% of students in the United States between the ages of 18 and 24 cannot locate Iraq on a world map, 83% cannot find Afghanistan, 58% cannot find Japan, and 11% cannot even find the United States.” Some of the previously represented individuals might wonder why it is important to know where these countries exist… to that, I answer with a Mark Twain quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
Please don’t assume that I am trying to say that all the people that are unaware of their global surroundings are prejudice, or intentionally ignorant individuals because that is not at all the case. I simply hope that the education system continues to improve and those that are without knowledge are allowed the opportunity to learn. If you are attending college at a university and are interested in broadening your horizons by studying abroad (which I can assure you will only be a good thing for you), please take a look at my previous posts and see what opportunities are out there for you. My blog is directed at study abroad in Spain but there are so many other options and each culture and country is equally deserving of attention. If you are under the impression that studying abroad is too expensive please explore all of your options. There are so many opportunities available out there ranging from the most expensive program to the most affordable and absolutely all things can be done on a budget.
Next time I’ll bring you a bit of information on my latest podcast findings and other tips on how to improve your language learning before departing on the big journey!!