One of the most rewarding and beneficial interests of mine is traveling. There is so much to learn and experience every time one goes some place new. Spring 2018 I was lucky enough to be offered a spot to study abroad in Lyon, France.
I am a strong believer that travel is the best education. Education through real world experience and situations teaches us things one would not receive in a classroom. Elementary schools would not emphasize field trips if this were not true; studying abroad is the adult version of field trips. Spending a semester in Europe with the castles, churches, and museums will show me history and art. Learning how to fund and then deciding how much I can spend will teach me finance. Although arguably most importantly, knowing how to handle lost luggage, missed trains, and possible language barriers will give me real life experience; this experience cannot be taught in a classroom and perhaps is the most important lesson to be learnt.
Leaving the comforts of home, whether that be the home in New Jersey or my home at Loyola, will force me to mature. To be completely honest this adventure, leaving the country and experiencing a completely different world, does scare me a little. But, I think that is the best part! Every single time I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and did something that scared me, it was the most rewarding. Coming home after this experience will leave me with, hopefully many pictures, and more importantly a feeling of accomplishment.