Last Updated on March 11, 2020 by AIFS Abroad
…I have a clear idea of the career path I want to build for myself and the confidence to pursue the opportunities that will help me along the way.
For International Education Week, we asked our alumni how their study abroad experience impacted them. This is Nora’s story:
I’ve been back from my semester abroad in Granada, Spain for just over 5 months, and I am still figuring out just how much it has impacted me. There have been a handful of small changes: I’m more independent, I’m more comfortable speaking Spanish, I am more outgoing, and I have a better understanding of my ability to adapt in new and sometimes intimidating situations.
One benefit is much easier to put into words, however, and is one I am particularly grateful for. At the end of my semester abroad, I had a clear vision of what I would like to do with my future.
Before studying abroad my least favorite question was, “What do you want to do when you graduate?” because the only truthful answer I had was a shrug. A few months into my time in Granada, however, I realized that my program directors in Spain had what I began to see as my dream job. They spent their work days helping me and my peers adjust to living in a new country and figure out how to navigate life there. A career in the field of study abroad would give me the chance to combine my desire to work with students with my passion for travel and languages. It would be my job to help other students have the same incredible, life-changing experience abroad that I had.
The discovery of a career path I feel enthusiastic about was both a relief and a rush of excitement, and I will always feel fortunate to have studied abroad and found that. Study abroad is a unique and unforgettable opportunity with the power to make lasting changes in students’ lives, and there is not a week that goes by that I don’t think back to my own semester abroad. I left Granada with a clear idea of the career path I want to build for myself and the confidence to pursue the opportunities that will help me along the way.