The hardest part about going to a new place is not the money or figuring out where to go, it is thejumping out into the unknown! It can be scary leaving your friends, family and school, but it can also be the most rewarding time of your life where you learn so many new things about that place and yourself. In college there are study abroad optionsthat have scholarships and advisors that want to help you, you just have to go ask about them. You get to take classes and learn how people live. I’ve also traveled through mission trips, a more immersive experience without the structure of classes. Though not for everyone, there are missions’ organizations everywhere that are looking for willing students to give their time to goserve all around the world.Additionally, you canwork in other countries! There are plenty of places that have internships and jobs that are just waiting to be filled. Don’t be afraid to fill out some forms and stick your foot out there!
Get Out Into Your Neighborhood
This may not be your time to travel, but people are coming to you from all over. Try to meet new people through your school – international students or a student from another state. Many international students come from around the world for school in America and they are looking for friends here. Look for organizations on your campus where you can buddy with students to help them acclimate to America or show them around. Also, events on campus to celebrate international holidays with food are tons of fun! Can’t find anything like this? Start your own organization. Get out there and talk to someone new!
We find community in others, but how are we supposed to grow and learn if we stay in our little bubble of friends? You may never know that you love Turkish food unless you go ask the girl in your math class – who happens to be from Turkey – out for dinner! You may never truly appreciate home until you travel abroad to a different environment for two weeks. Your favorite hobby, job, friend, or food may be waiting for you to discover through the eyes of the people around you or in a new and foreign place. You can’t truly learn about yourself until you learn about others.