Students are excited to live in another country at the end of their college career
After browsing through the photos of Â Trinity students living in exotic locations, some may feel the itch to study abroad suddenly overwhelm them. While some may think that itâ€™s too late to pursue study abroad after a certain time, others disagree, and have planned trips abroad during their last semester at Trinity.
â€œI thought I would study abroad junior year like most people do, but then I couldnâ€™t make it work. After that, I thought that I may not study abroad after all. I changed my mind several times, and I didnâ€™t really solidify my plans until the end of junior year,â€ said Rachel Tchen, a senior neuroscience major.
After several semesters of planning, Tchen was able to study in Italy during her senior spring semester.
â€œIâ€™ve wanted to study abroad since my freshman year; when else am I guaranteed to live for four months abroad? Iâ€™m also unsure about what I want to do in the future, so this seemed like a great chance to study a new subject and gain exposure to new ideas. I picked Perugia, Italy, because of the Food and Sustainability Studies program. Food and the environment interested me from a young age, but I never chose to study either formally, but this program definitely seemed like the perfect chance to. I mean, why not study food in Italy?â€ Tchen said.
Emily Lee, a senior music and Chinese double major, always knew the best time to study abroad was during her final semester.
â€œIt was quite spontaneous because I suddenly wanted to study abroad the second semester of my junior year. By then, I only had two choices, study abroad either fall or spring my senior year. I had music classes to take in the fall at Trinity so I was only left with the spring, but I think it was the best choice because it would be hard to return to real school after a semester abroad,â€ Lee said.
Lee will soon be departing for her semester in Taiwan, and is already excited for the new experiences sheâ€™ll be exposed to.
â€œI want to do touristy stuff and live like a local. I want to eat everything cause Taiwan has the most delicious and diverse food, go everywhere in and near Taiwan and experience the night life here because Taiwan doesnâ€™t sleep,â€ Lee said.
The impact and involvement of seniors studying abroad during their last semester will be missed by their friends and peers.
â€œIâ€™m sad I donâ€™t get to see Rachel, but Iâ€™m super happy sheâ€™s taken the opportunity because itâ€™s not one you get every dayâ€, said Julia Torres, a senior chemistry major.
Lee will also miss the chance to be with friends during her senior spring semester.
â€œWhile Iâ€™m sad I wonâ€™t be able to walk the stage with my classmates, I think the opportunity to study abroad is worth it. Besides, I already lived my college life to the fullest. I made incredible friends who are irreplaceable and had friends that I wanted to get closer to. Dance was a huge part of my college life, and seeing my friends put on shows makes me proud yet sad I canâ€™t be a part of them,â€ Lee said.
Despite missing out on a few Trinity experiences, Tchen thinks studying abroad is worth pursuing, and studying topics outside your major makes a trip even more interesting.
â€œIâ€™d say save your elective credits for studying abroad your last semester. You donâ€™t want to be stressed abroad or during your last semester anyways. Also, just go for it; it may seem abnormal, but itâ€™s a great opportunity. It feels strange to be away from those youâ€™re closest to at a time right before youâ€™re all supposed to part, but I think in the end, it will be worth it. To explore something new in a new country is an irreplaceable experience,â€ Tchen said.
Lee also believes that experiencing a new country should be a priority of any student.
â€œYour life experiences shouldnâ€™t be limited to one place. College is the time to step outside and broaden your perspective. As you meet different people and learn about their lifestyles, youâ€™ll grow a lot and learn more about yourself. You might even fall in love with the country and not want to come back! Anyways, traveling for such a long time after you graduate is hard, so do it now,â€ Lee said.