While you may be thinking that studying away is out of your reach right now financially, there isn’t a better time. After you graduate college and go out into the “real world” it becomes more difficult to travel the world. Either your employer won’t allow you to take 2-3 weeks off at a time or you will be starting your family. Take it from someone who has experienced this phenomena. I was a Hiram student who thought that studying away was out of my reach. It cost too much and I couldn’t afford it. “I would have plenty of time to travel later in life,” I thought. That has not been the case. In fact, I was only fortunate enough to travel off the continent for the first time in 2014 (note: this is ten years after I graduated from Hiram with my undergraduate degree!), because I have very understanding supervisors and they understood that I was traveling to India to learn more about the culture and to improve a program I was running on campus, as I was leading a program for students from India on campus during the summer and needed more context of why certain events were happening and how I might approach the students to prevent this from continuing to happen.
Since that trip to India, I regret every single day that I did not take advantage of the study abroad opportunities that were available to me at Hiram. I learned so much about myself and about a new culture that could have benefited me so much earlier in my career. Your study abroad experience will benefit you not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term. Employers are looking for employees who understand the world or who have explored the world around them. By studying abroad, you are becoming a more marketable prospective employee. So, not only do you gain a better understanding of the world, get a cool adventure and experience, but you also are planning for your future career!
Remember, if you are worried about finances, there are scholarships available both through Hiram and through outside sources! Ask your local Kiwanis or Rotary Clubs to sponsor you! If you work hard and try, the money is out there to take you on your next adventure!
Have questions about upcoming trips or how to finance your trip? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.569.5380.