Overcome FOMO: Why Now Is the Best Time to Study Abroad

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You knownthat saying ldquo;therersquo;s no time like the present?ldquo; Well, Its true. Take it from a (somewhat) recent college grad in her first ldquo;real worldrdquo; job ndash; when people tell you to travel while yoursquo;re young, they know what theyrsquo;re talking about! Once you start your career, the possibility of taking four (or more) months off to travel and study in another country becomes a lot less likely. College is prime time for expanding your world view, enriching your academic experience and not to mention exploring some pretty awesome places. So whatrsquo;s stopping you from sending in your study abroad application? Is the fear of missing out on the lifestyle you adore at your home university keeping you from realizing your dream of meandering cobblestone paths through small towns in the Czech Republic? The reality of studying abroad is yoursquo;re going to be in a different country than your friends and family for a while and events back home will go on. But donrsquo;t let unnecessary fears of being out-of-the-loop stop you from taking full advantage of your possibilities abroad. If you never go, yoursquo;ll never know. Just think about all the things yoursquo;d be missing out on if youndidnrsquo;tngo; making friends with people from all over the world, trying new cuisines, learning a new language, becoming more independent and so much more. The possibilities during your time abroad are endless. Also, I can almost guarantee that almost everyone back home would rather have a weekend activity of hiking mountaints in Switzerland rathernthan watching Netflix in a dorm room. Whorsquo;s got FOMO now? Upon your return yoursquo;ll find that the things you once feared yoursquo;d miss out on are generally the exact same as when you left; whatrsquo;s changed is you. Your favorite hangout spot will still be there, trivia night will still happen every Tuesday and your friends will welcome you back with open arms. Donrsquo;t think of what yoursquo;ve missed, think of what yoursquo;ve gained ndash; a new perspective on the world, life and who you are as a person. n n

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