Growing up, I always knew I would be going to college. And for a large part of my life, I thought I would be leaving the country for college. My parents met while going to college in Quebec, Canada. My older sister, Emma, ended up doing a college program where she spent a different year of college in a different country. Everyone in my family has lived abroad at some point. So it seemed natural to assume that I would be following my parents’ and sister’s footsteps and go to school far from home, either abroad, or in another state. When it came down to applying to schools, I looked online at a couple schools in Australia, and some in Europe, as well as a lot in different parts of the US. I only ended up applying to one university abroad, The American University of Paris, in Paris, France. Obviously, I didn’t end up leaving. If you had asked me four years ago where I would have thought I would end up for college, I never would have guessed in the US, let alone in my home state! CU was a game changer for me. When I arrived on campus for a tour, it felt right. I tried to talk myself out of it and I tried to find another perfect school in a different part of the country or the world, but nothing could compare. I had made my decision by December of my senior year of high school: I wasn’t going to follow the family tradition, I was a Buff!
Although I have never once regretted my decision to stay in the country and stay in state, one thing that helped my decision was the fact that CU has such a great study abroad department. As a sophomore this year, I still have a lot of time to think about studying abroad, but I already know that it is the top priority for my junior year. Last week I spent hours looking through all of the programs that CU offers. There are so many! I looked at programs in Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia. There are programs that have classes taught in English, and classes taught in a foreign language. There are different kinds of programs, such as exchanges with another university, or separately enrolling at another university. Today, when I walked into the Study Abroad office at the C4C to pick up some brochures, I got even more excited for all of the possibilities next year. There was so much information everywhere, and the people in the office were so nice and asked me right away if I needed any help with anything. The opportunity to study abroad is a great way to combine the path my family had in mind for me, and the path I’ve made more myself. I know it’s far off in the future, but I am already so psyched to study abroad!
As a side note, last Friday, October 4th, was the first snow of the season! Here is a picture I took outside the UMC, before giving a tour. Every time a storm comes through, I love seeing the clouds descend in upon us!