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Thinking about traveling this summer? Here are 5 reasons to stop thinking and start packing!

1. Experience what you study

Whether it’s history, art or English, we’re always learning about people and places around the world that have inspired the way the world works today. Seeing other countries and historic sites will finally but everything you’ve learned into context, and will make you so glad you didn’t sleep through that lecture about Shakespeare’s Globe or how they built The Colosseum.

2. Have a worldly perspective

No matter how much you learn about or study a different country, you’ll never truly know what it’s like until you’re there. Sure, pictures help you imagine what the environment is like, but you’re not getting a true sense of how other people around the world live. Sometimes, it’s hard to even fathom that there are people and places outside of the USA. But believe it or not, there’s an entire universe out there with people and places for you to see. Get out there, and come home realizing that it’s not the end of the world when you fail an exam, or when you get into a fight with your friend. The world, and you, will go on.

3. Meet new people

Yes, our friends from home are amazing, but, imagine what people from other countries are like! They can offer so much perspective to your life. Not to mention, it gives you a reason to go back abroad when you’re missing them! And they’d totally introduce you to all of their gorgeous international friends…

4. Become fluent in another language

It’s one thing learning Spanish in Spanish class, but what about to traveling to Spain to learn the language? Living in a country where that’s the only language spoken forces you to master the language whether you like it or not. It’s said that to be fluent in a language, you have to be fully immersed. Traveling abroad to China, Spain, France, etc. would all be incredibly helpful for those of you majoring, minoring, or just have a genuine interest in learning another language!

5. Improve your academic, professional and financial potential

International experience is a critical and impressive part of any resume. In addition to the personal growth you’ll undergo while overseas, the international and cross-cultural interpersonal skills you’ll develop will certainly expand your employment opportunities. Many companies seek out individuals with multilingual and multicultural experiences and skills.

Where will you go this summer?

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