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    Posted March 16, 2014 by
    El Segundo, California
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    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

    Living and Learning Abroad

    In 2012-2013 I spent my junior year of high school abroad. Now, I find out I am a member of only 1% of students that decided to do that.
    I learned about Norwegian history and culture and I even picked up the language while I was there. I wouldn't change my experience abroad for anything. It was the best decision I have ever made and the best experience of my life. I met new people from all different countries of the world. With every person I met, I learned something new both about them as a person and the culture they grew up in. A person can learn a lot by listening to lectures and reading textbooks, but one only expands their knowledge and understanding of everything they thought they knew, when they experience these situations first-hand. After studying abroad, I am planning on attending college and majoring in international relations and foreign languages so I have the opportunity to continue to travel and understand more of what it means to live in this world. I believe the key to peace is understanding what people do and why they do it, and study abroad is the perfect way to find that out.
    It is definitely not the easiest thing to go into a foreign country with different national customs and a different national language, live with a family you have never met before, and go to a school where you don't know anyone or understand what is happening in any of the classes. But, even though it may be somewhat difficult and very confusing, it is worth every minute of translating and head- scratching to live abroad, expand horizons, and learn things that would be impossible to learn otherwise.
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