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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
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    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

    Here and There.

    From the white sand beaches of Cape Town to the red dunes of Namibia, all one can see is beauty, pure beauty. Going abroad is an experience that reminds me daily about what is out there and how I can be part of this extraordinary world. I was reminded immensely the importance of knowing a different language and having the privilege to get education easily in my hometown. I studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa the fall of my sophomore year and in that winter break I had the chance to visit home, Ethiopia, for two month. I remember I had a fear that I couldn’t get rid of, until I was up in the air looking below white clouds that covered the air like white cotton candy. Last summer, in July, I made the decision to go to Mexico to learn Spanish. I saw going abroad as the perfect way to learn another language. After intensive 6 weeks of Spanish I continued on to Guatemala for 5 more weeks of Spanish, 5hrs/day. I don’t regret the hard work and this risky decision, it was not a guarantee that I will learn the language but I made sure to study day and night. I continued my studies to Nicaragua and Costa Rica and finished with a short travel to Panama. I look back at my crazy two year schedule and say to anyone that want to study abroad “Don’t be afraid to go somewhere English is not spoken predominantly, but rather take risks, engage yourself with a different culture and learn about the world you live in.”
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