Why I Chose to Study Abroad

“Well Miss. Mosley, I don’t recommend it”, she said, sitting back in her chair with a smirk. “Sophomore year is just not a very good time to Study Abroad.”

I’d heard it all before:

  1. You’re going to miss your family and friends.
  2. You’ll have a tough time getting into your classes.
  3. You might have to find a new job.
  4. Your grades will probably drop.
  5. You’ll be sleeping on the ground in some village infested with rats (or whatever).
  6. You can’t afford it.
  7. It’ll be hard.


Have you ever heard of the proverb “Look before you leap”? I don’t think it’s a very good motto. I prefer to give it more of a glance before I throw myself off into the deep end. Why? You are your own worst enemy. Sometimes if you think to hard about what might happen, you’ll miss it all together. So just think about it for a brief moment and if the repercussions are too high then walk away. But if they’re just a little scary…

I stared ahead at my study abroad advisor with a narrowed, cat-like gaze. “Thank you for your counsel.” I answered plainly. “But I’ve already committed myself to going. I’ll deal with the consequences when they come.”

I was finally going to see the world and I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything stop me.

And if you plan on letting something as silly as fear stop you from taking a chance, well,

“I wouldn’t recommend it.”

Debbie Mosley in Ireland
Howth, Ireland


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