Howdy Ags! I want to write directly to my fellow Aggies today about a rather personal academic experience of mine which relates to an event taking place one week from today. Next Wednesday, September 19th is Overseas Day hosted by the Texas A&M Study Abroad office. This will take place in Rudder Exhibit Hall from 10-2 and I highly encourage all to attend. Even if you are uncertain about studying abroad, it is worth the walk through the booths. I, myself, attended this very event last year which helped my confused mind. After an hour or so of walking through all the booths to different countries and different programs, I settled on a study abroad program to Nottingham, England. I have never been the most adventurous person, but this opportunity was too good to pass up. I spent an amazing five months in England and it is one of the best decisions of my life. I would highly encourage every single Aggie to study abroad at some point in your academic career. The opportunity is there for the taking, and the benefits are immeasurable.
Think you can’t afford it? Think again! Texas A&M has many scholarships and funding options available for even the most money conscious individual. I never thought I would be able to have such a unique experience in my academic career, but the Financial Aid office worked with my to help find the scholarships I needed. There are programs to all over the world! Just think, you could study in Japan, Brazil, Sweden, or the UK. If you have ever considered studying abroad then go to this meeting and see what the university has to offer. My experience taught me so many things they don’t teach in the classroom. I made lifelong friends, really got to experience the British culture, and learned so much about the perceptions other cultures have of America. One of the best moments happened at the dinner table when another fellow Aggie and I made an attempt to explain exactly why most Texans owned a gun to a table full of British students.
Even teaching methods you would not immediately think of are different. The picture above is one I took while on my exchange program in England. It is of the beautiful grounds at Hampton Court in London. So, my fellow Aggies, I encourage you to go off and have an academic and life changing adventure of your own!