Here’s a guest post from Tiffany Meier, one of our Academic Advisors at Shoreline Community College International Education:
I went on a faculty led program for psychology majors to Estonia and Morocco. When I first started college I was intrigued by study abroad but as a first gen student, I had no idea how to navigate through all the paperwork, scholarships and ticket purchasing. Fortunately I was able to figure it out with the help of my psych professor, who was also leading the program. I conducted research on perceptions of crime seriousness in both countries as they were so different. The research was exciting and being abroad was an experience I hold dear even to this day.
When talking with friends now, the two things they regret from college are not living on campus and not studying abroad. My experience has shaped who I am and my career now as an academic advisor. Even though there were bumps and culture shock, I wouldn’t change it for the world.