What is Important to You?
Use the following sample questions from University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center to discover what is important to you in your off-campus study experience. Thinking about your future is important, as it will help you choose a program that matches your interests and goals. After deciding which of these questions are important to you, try to summarize your findings in a few sentences and bring this information with you to an off-campus study advising appointment.
Identify Challenges & Priorities
To really hone in on your statement also think about what, if anything, might prevent you from studying abroad. Use the same sort of brainstorming technique to record the challenges. Consider how these factors affect studying abroad. The aim of this is to list the real challenges along with your goals. Identify the factors you'll have to consider:
- Job obligations
- Social, academic, or athletic commitments
Once you have your ideas written down, you can start setting priorities. Try ranking your responses in order of importance. You may place the number (1) beside a geographic location that is extremely important to you, and then the number (2) next to money if affordability is a major factor. Remember, you aren't making final life decisions here, just setting down on paper where your priorities lie. Be honest with yourself.