Sile Robinson, class of 2015 at Boston University.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” Eleanor Roosevelt
As an American student living in France, my experience was unlike anything I had ever done before. Studying abroad really was like a high-speed roller coaster. The first week, I sobbed after having a misunderstanding with my host mom. (French really is a difficult language!) During the middle of my semester, my French friend and I laughed so hard we cried during a funny movie. Then at the end of the semester, after I had finally started to integrate myself into the culture, I found myself crying as I boarded the plane home. I had found a part of my own identity that I never knew existed — and this was only over the course of a few months.
I finally realized that stepping out of your comfort zone can teach you a lot about yourself and the world, while at the same time forcing you to question your own values and identity. Above all, this experience has taught me to always be open-minded because people can and will surprise you!