Why Study Abroad

boardBefore I came to college, I heard so many things about study abroad programs. While I didn’t know too much, I knew I needed to go on one! In my eyes, it was an opportunity to travel out of the country and explore yet be productive in my educational career as well… what could top that? Now that I’m approaching the end of my sophomore year at Michigan State, I figured it was a good time to look into the programs offered.

I’m a Communication major with a minor in Public Relations, so I wanted to find a trip that would benefit me course-wise. After doing some research, I came across the advertising and Public Relations a la Mediterranean program! This trip takes place in Cannes, France & Rome, Italy. I have never been to either location so the fact that the trip is closely approaching makes me eager to finishmy second semester and start my summer.

Now for those of you who have never considered going abroad, I know what you’re probably thinking… “Finishing up your second semester just to spend your summer taking more classes? No thanks!” I thought the same way before I looked into it too. However, unlike the regular lecture hall I am used to, I’m going to be doing a lot more than just reading off of a PowerPoint slide or a textbook. I’m going to be living in the images of the textbook that I would typically be reading about. I will be participating in out of classroom learning through group excursions to places like the Colosseum, Pantheon and Vatican Museum. A lot of programs offer their own highlights but mine specifically offers access to the Cannes Lions International Festival. Last year, ASAP Rocky as well as other known artists in the entertainment industry performed there. Okay… when your study abroad program gets you tickets to watch ASAP Rocky perform live… now that’s cool.

I know I have talked a lot about my program specifically but there are so many other programs that MSU offers that benefit all kinds of majors. Any study abroad program you choose will give you a once in a lifetime experience. You will meet people of different backgrounds and immerse yourself in all kinds of cultural atmospheres.  After talking to a few people about their study abroad take-away, I’m most excited to make friends that I will remember for the rest of my life and connect with a world that I didn’t even realize existed.

By: Lizzie Malashetsky

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