Take the Plunge

Dear Readers,

You’ve followed several along their journeys. You’ve seen us try new things and you’ve seen us fail. You’ve seen us be scared to take a leap but you’ve seen us soar after the initial plunge. You’ve experienced heartbreaks and successes, homesickness and love of a new country, seasickness and adventuring. But what does this mean for you? It means you need to try it for yourself.

I get it: you don’t know what a study abroad experience will hold for you, and honestly, I can’t tell you what it will be like. That’s the thing: I’ve tried to convey how great my time has been, along with my fellow classmates. We’ve all used words and photographs to tell you that our time has been more than just traveling, but self-learning. You’ve just had to take our word for it.

So what’s my advice? Do it for yourself. There’s nothing so sweet as inhaling the salt water from the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse or driving by a Highland Cow only to ask the bus driver to pull over for a photo op. There’s nothing as mesmerising as being swayed by a lone bagpipe player on a crowded street in Edinburgh or staring in awe at the castle from a distance. There’s nothing as familiar as meeting family at the London Gatwick Airport and receiving a package in the mail upon your return home with Christmas ornaments, which serve as a reminder of the red Telephone boxes and Victorian mailboxes. There’s nothing as connecting as attending a church with your cousin, who decided to meet you in Edinburgh and take a long weekend with you to the Scottish Borders, only to be invited to lunch by a sweet couple. There is nothing like studying abroad. Take the chance and do it. It’s something you won’t regret.

Emily McIntyre is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship with a Spanish minor. Emily is involved with several student organizations, including UMKC Enactus, which uses entrepreneurship to solve needs in the community. She’s looking forward to studying abroad this summer with the UMKC Honors Program in Scotland, where she plans to explore more of her family heritage and country of origin.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.