Studying abroad?

Okay so this might sound crazy, but ever since a guest speaker in my class came and talked to us about this study abroad program, I just can’t shake it.

Once again, CRAZY! This does not sound like me at all. I’m too scared to go ride my bike to the library or call and order a pizza. But for some reason, I want to do this so badly. I think that going off on my own would be really beneficial for myself. I am by no definition independent, brave or adventurous but I want to be. And what better way then to see the world and get an incredible education? Honestly, I think this might be one of the best things I can do for myself.

The only thing is, when I mentioned it to my mom, she kinda shrugged it off like it was some kind of whim. Like, I know I am not an obvious candidate but this is something I (think I) really want to do. I understand that she is protective and does not want me to leave her, but I just can’t explain how excited this idea makes me!

Maybe it is just the idea that I like (it’s SOO Anna and the French Kiss, best book ever btw), maybe I wouldn’t actually be mentally strong enough or brave enough to do it. All I know is that it would be an adventure. Something that would change my life no matter what and turn me into a more independent and worldly person. Who doesn’t want to see the world?

Well, actually it would be mostly Europe. The program I am looking at (you can do a whole year or just one semester) offers a semester in Europe, visiting Paris, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece and many more. Imagine studying history in mausoleums and writing creative stories on the streets of France? GAH it sounds so great! They also have a more eastern semester in China etc, but Europe is definitely more my speed.

Another great thing is that a great chunk of the courses available are ones that I have already planned on taking in grades 11 and 12, and that they count for high school credits. How amazing would “took philosophy in Greece” look on Uni applications??! I will have to wait until at least next year to go on one of these trips, so I do have time.

Anyways, I am definitely excited about this possibility, and obviously it is something I will need to discuss in length with my parents. Maybe I am just being naive, and would be too scared to go. But this is something that I think would do me a world of good (no pun intended)

Have any of you ever though of, or did something like this? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!



2 thoughts on “Studying abroad?

  1. Christina Madeleine says:

    Hi! So, I was able to do an exchange program in Barcelona for three weeks (although it wasn’t a semester, it was a well spent three weeks). I’ve been writing about it on my blog because it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. What language do you take at school? By doing an exchange program you can become more proficient in your language and learn so much. I found you on teen blogger central, and we’re the same age! If you want to talk about exchange programs ever (I am kind of obsessed with them and so is my friend bc she has done three!), just let me know! I really like your blog btw!

    Christina Madeleine


    • nicegirlssite says:

      Hey, thanks for the advice! I’m in French immersion, but I’ve also taken Spanish before. I have kinda put the whole abroad thing on the back burner for now, but it is still something I am seriously considering. I will try and let you know if I have any questions! Thanks again


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