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Studying Abroad Builds Confidence

Written by: Clayton Conder

The days leading up to my Greece program were filled with feelings of dread and anxiety. I didn’t know anyone on the trip. I wanted to stay in my introverted bubble, because in Greece I would be alone, with nothing familiar.

Looking back, three years later, I can say with absolute certainty that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It immersed me in a new culture and challenged my perspective of the world. The most significant influence it had on me, however, was my decision to study abroad for my master’s degree.

I graduated with my Master of Letters in Medieval Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. My time in Greece more than prepared me for my year in Scotland. The experience of being abroad brings confidence and feelings of independence that are hard to find at home.

Currently, I work as an adjunct professor of history at my Alma Mater and I have made sure to encourage my students to pursue study abroad opportunities. No matter how nervous you feel before the trip, once you’re actually there, staring a new country and culture in the face, your nerves will disappear. My life has been changed in innumerable ways because of my five weeks in Greece. Don’t be afraid to change your life as well.

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Clayton Conder

KIIS Greece
Medieval Studies
Thomas More College

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