My Experience of Studying Abroad
MSc. Agrometeorology and Risk Management
Thesis: Analysis of Factors Influencing Women’s Decision to Adapt to Climate Change: The Case of Rural Women in Haramaya District, Eastern Ethiopia
I am so fortunate to have had the experience to study abroad in Ethiopia. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Luckily my time there exceeded any expectations I could have had. Ethiopians have a very relaxed and welcoming culture, making it very easy to get accustomed and meet the locals. I quickly made relationships with them, as well as people from all over the world. They freely invited me and my friends to see their hometowns and took us to some of their favorite places and invited us so many times for coffee ceremony where they set all of them together to drink coffee. I was astounded by the generosity and kindness of their people and that is what made my experience so amazing. Having that time from home also allowed me to grow as an individual. I learned that developing strong relationships with people is one of the most important and rewarding things in life. I came with just a suitcase, and I will leave with some of my best friends.
Of course I learned a lot from studying abroad, including becoming fluent in English language, but how I grew as a person was an even larger gain. It allowed me to uncover hidden courage and realize aspects of myself that I never thought I possessed. To this day I still find new ways in which I’ve grown through my experiences abroad and even though it was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done. One of my favorite parts of the trip was being able to interact with my new friends from different countries and we became as a family. Although it was
a challenge, overcoming that barrier led to relationships and experiences that I will have forever. How important my time abroad was to me is something that I cannot express enough. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.”