Study abroad is really one of those experiences that you want to try as an undergraduate. It challenges you to not only widen your horizon and see things you’ve never seen or experienced before, but also in your definition of your self as a person. Are you adventurous, or more of a cautious person? Can you take care of yourself? Are you someone you can rely on?
I think that these are all questions that you can answer when you’re abroad, even more so than that freshman year experience you have (your first time away from home).
That being said, my friend just told me today that she’s going to do study abroad this summer in Italy. I’m incredibly excited for her, given how much she stressed before she finally made the decision to apply, but I’m also incredibly sad; it reminds me that my traveling days are over.
TLDR; Study abroad is awesome, and I want to go traveling again.