Honestly, studying abroad was the best thing I did in college. I was fortunate enough to participate in study abroad programs in Panama, South Africa, and India. I had no idea that these experiences would change the entire course of my life. After my first study abroad trip, I was hooked. I signed up for several more, and knew that travel would be a major part of my life from that point forward. Studying abroad changed the course of my life (in the best ways possible), and it just might have a similar impact on yours, too.
My first study abroad trip took place in Panama. I spent a week with an indigenous community, learning about their way of life. This was the first time I'd ever left the U.S., and the lifestyle in Panama couldn't have been more different than the one I was used to back home. I fell in love with the culture and learning about it directly from the source. I then went on to study abroad in South Africa and India.
I left every trip with a new mindset and outlook towards life. I wanted to share my experiences with everyone I knew, which led me to start a travel blog. I now have a career in travel, and I can attribute that to my first study abroad experience. I had no idea where it would lead me, and I'm so glad I took that leap.