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  • Grannt Epstein

Join the 5%

Over the next couple of months, I want to persuade you to study abroad. Every person who is my age - or close to it – has been at the bare minimum, curious. Now I am not going to lie to you. I can’t sit here and say, “you will make the best friends of your life”, or “this trip will cure you of all your baggage of the past” because that’s not true. What it does do, however, is give you a chance to take a step back.

About five percent of students in the US study abroad during their college career. Of the twenty-one I’ve met so far in Turin, Italy, not one regrets their choice. The students abroad with me have majors that range from communications to business, with two (my friend Nick and I) in engineering. Almost everyone talks about the different organizations they were a part of or the constant grind they were living back home. Here we can live in the moment.

Now I know some of you at home are thinking, “I am in my third year of college, it is too late for me”. What if I told you that most of the program's students are in their third year? Heck some of them are in their last semester, with their graduation just around the corner. Now Italy was not my first choice, but it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Truly.

I have been in Italy now for about two months. During that time I have traveled to the Amalfi coast, been to Oktober Fest in MUNICH, traveled to Monty Carlo, and enjoyed a sandwich shop right next to my school. Let me share my stories and prove that studying abroad is right for you.


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