Study Abroad: From a Student’s Perspective

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Lindsey Kehres

With over 30 programs to choose from, Georgia Southern offers a variety of summer programs and semester-long exchanges. Because the idea of studying abroad may seem daunting, junior Kira Mecher offered some personal experience and advice after spending five weeks in Paris, France last summer.

Why did you want to study abroad?

Mecher: “I love to travel. You get to see a lot more, not just the typical, touristy things. Also, they offered a course I was interested in and a lot of core classes.”

What was the best part of your experience?

Mecher: “My favorite part was getting to explore by myself. You gain so much independence and really get to branch out and meet new people.”

What advice would you give to those considering studying abroad?

Mecher: “If you are on the fence about study abroad, id say take it while you can. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and will really get you out of your shell. Don’t let the language barrier be a factor for you not going.”

Would you study abroad again if given the chance?

Mecher: “Yes, definitely. I would love to go to Spain or Ireland.”

For more information on Study Abroad, visit or go to the study abroad center located in Forrest Drive.