As a sophomore in college I really needed to get out and see the world. I felt as though I had fallen into the same boring routine. This is when I decided that I should study abroad. I was so excited about the idea and immediately started looking for places that I wanted to go too. I thought about Australia, Spain, Italy, and France. All the mainstream places that I would love to go to. I just couldn’t narrow down my search to a county that I would like to spend four months in. After figuring out where I wanted to go I wanted to make sure those who were in the same situation as me could figure out an easier way to figure out where to go. Well, Here it is.
Think about what you want to get out of this experience. Mostly people study abroad to study another language, be somewhere new, or study a certain culture. Knowing why you want to study abroad is the best and easiest way in figuring out were the best place for you to go is. I am a romantic and have always been interested in studying abroad in Italy ever since my family and I went there on vacation. I recommend studying abroad in a place that you have learned the language. It is such a great experience being able to communicate with those who live in the country that you are studying in.
Find someone to talk to. I had talked to my friends who had studied abroad in countries that were only english speaking. This is something they surprisingly said they regretted. They said they wished they would have gone somewhere with a completely different culture and a different language. Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the most important things. If you love culture or a specific language then this is the perfect opportunity for you to get out there and experience something new.
Find a place where you can be alone. Sometimes talking to someone else can make you more confused. What really helped me make the decision was myself. I went somewhere alone and thought about where I could see myself. I knew I wanted to be in Europe and wanted to experience someplace that would change my life. You will be surprised how much being alone will help you figure out what you really want. I recommend this to everyone. Good luck!