1. If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they should study abroad, what would you say?
Do it. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, do it. This has been the most rewarding experience, and I am absolutely dreading the end of this semester. I've learned so much, not only in my classes, but about myself. I've made new friends, and I now know that I can live 4,000 miles away from my family successfully. I had an incredibly difficult time at the beginning of the program, but I can safely say that this has been the best semester of my life, no matter the ups or the downs. Because I know that I can live far away from home and be just fine, I already can't wait to see what the future holds when it comes to opportunities to go and live abroad. Maybe one day, I'll work for a study abroad company. Maybe one day, I'll pick up and move outside the United States. I know that these are all very real possibilities, but I'm not sure how confident I would have been about them before studying abroad.
2. What was your favorite class abroad?
My favorite class had to be Current Political Issues in France because I learned a ton, I had fun, and I had an amazing professor. During an election year in the United States and the beginning of an election in France, it was interesting to learn about the French political system and issues, and to compare and contrast them with the system and issues in America. I had an incredible professor that always made class fun, while also making sure my classmates and I learned as much as possible.