Life-Changing Experience

IMG_2123This study abroad program has changed my life forever. I have traveled before but never to this extent and not with this much learning. I come from a German background so I have always had the perspective in my head that travel changes you. It wasn’t until this trip, however, that I learned about all of the different perspectives that are possible in the world.

Like most students from the American school system, I was not aware of other cultures’ histories unless they affected us. As a country we are only a little over 200 years old but during my travels I saw structures that have literally been here for thousands of years. Before this trip my sight was very narrow but now I can see so much more. There is a huge world out there and I can see that now. IMG_2442I have learned more about France in three weeks then I have in my entire life. I know that World War II was far more complicated than what our schools teach. There are many sides to that war and many different people involved in it. It was not a black and white war or a good versus evil war, like many believe. It was far more complicated than that as I have learned from the French’s perspective. There were those who did terrible things but there were far more people just trying to survive.

I traveled to over six countries in 30 days and have learned a vast amount about the world. The 30 days went by so fast and as soon as I got back it felt like a dream. I wish that dream had never ended.

Comments

  1. Wayne Redmond says:

    Very happy that you learned so much by traveling to other countries. Travel is the best education and entertainment people can have. From the small amount you have done you now have the desire to do even more. Hope you get the ability to travel to do even more.