"I have never traveled alone or ever even been as far as Florida so to me travelling all the way to London by myself is a major accomplishment I am proud to say I have been able to achieve. The experience I got is indescribable and no one will be able to relate to it unless they have experienced it as well. The summer I had has been one of the greatest summers of my life. I got to learn so much about a new country that I knew little to nothing about and I got to learn about different cultures outside of American culture as well. I even learned a lot about myself as a individual that I feel I may not have been able to anywhere else. I grew as a person socially and mentally thanks to this wonderful experience. As well as a learning experience you get to make relationships you weren't given the opportunity before. I have met so many different people both English and from around America. I have been able to create life long friendships thanks to this program and that in itself should be a reason to study abroad. I can now say that I lived in England, traveled in London on my own and have seen things like the Rosetta stone that people can only imagine. If you have the chance to study abroad no matter where you should take full advantage. The thought of travelling to an unknown place scares a lot of people out of doing this but believe me it is the best decision anyone could make and you would be glad you did. I loved my experience and desperately wish I could go back. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about my experience and time in London. No matter where you decide to go, do not be afraid! Take the jump and leave your comfort zone because I guarantee you will not regret it !"
(Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Recipient)"Many Bergen Community College students have just graduated high school or are looking for a second chance. In either case the common string that connects them together is the need to do something better or at least different with their lives. Flying thousands of miles away to live in a country radically different from your own, will change your life. It is a must to leave one’s comfort zone in order to experience the world around you. Studying abroad is a great way to explore the world and learn at the same time. This opportunity taught me about myself and showed me what I am missing. I think anyone who truly wants to change their lives should look into studying abroad. Even if you’re on a budget there are ways to fund your trip such as the Gilman Scholarship or financial aid. I loved every minute of it and I cannot wait to do it again."
"I signed up to go to Costa Rica without any idea about what I wanted to major in, or how I was going to spend the next few years of my life. I studied topics I had not thought about before, and talked to people with new, fresh ideas. Being immersed in a culture totally different than mine helped me to better understand others. I decided on a major and adapted to a much simpler and gentler life style than I had known previously. In order to learn and grow, we need to put ourselves out in the world and experience different things. Studying abroad helped me not only to better understand others and how they live, but myself and how I want to live."
Finally, I know I can't even come close to write about everything I want to say about Seville in a paragraph, but one again it is an ideal time to truly grow up and culture yourself and not only motivation to perfect every aspect of the Spanish language and culture but also a push to study in other countries in the near future. Just as long as you take everything in with a learning state of mind and take advantage of everything the program has to offer, your time abroad will be one that will never leave your mind."
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