How Study Abroad Has Impacted Me

So, I’ve been back in the States for about two months now. During the time I have had plenty of time to sit back and think just how life changing my experience was. It has been a little hard for me to get back into the “American” way of doing things. You know, the get rich fast mentality as if setting down is some sort of huge accomplishment. During my time in Costa Rica I was able to explore myself on a deeper level than I ever have before. I was able to travel, learn a new language, enhance my social skills, and focus on strengthening my weaknesses. I miss it there so much.

Before I left to Costa Rica I was really stand-off-ish, introverted, and I wouldn’t ever approach people first. I made it a goal for myself to come out of my shell and be open to new experiences. By the time I left people couldn’t even believe I was ever shy. I realized that people would never get to know the real me if I didn’t give them the opportunity to. It was up to me to redefine who I was, and how I could have an impact on the people around me. I gave myself time to explore the endless opportunities the universe was giving me. For the first time in awhile I had clarity.

I decided that I would no longer live by the “American” way of doing things. I would major in whatever I wanted, I will get married and have children when I’M ready. I will take my time in school, and not feel pressured to hurry and graduate in four years. And I will live my life happily, the way I choose. I was a nursing major for my first three years because I knew I would always have money, and I wouldn’t be struggling trying to find a job once I graduate. But I was unhappy, and realised that the only reason I stuck with nursing was because it was the “safe” thing to do. I was limiting myself, and I knew it. So I went back to the drawing board. “Ok, What am I good at? What do I like doing? What do I want from my career?” After a lot of thought and prayer I decided I was going to change my major to Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

A lot of my family and friends thought I was making the wrong decision. “What are you going to do with a business major?” “Do you even like business?” But let me tell you how much happier I have been since I started doing life my way. I pledged with an on campus business fraternity,  I landed an awesome internship, and I am loving my new class schedule! Studying abroad has been so beneficial to my personal life, and it is definitely a resume builder. I can’t exactly put in words how much my study abroad experience has impacted me, but I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity!