By Greg Idaris


Traveling is a great way to see new places, meet new people, and learn about new cultures. It is also a way in which a person can reflect and learn about themself – on each trip I have discovered something new. With that said, my decision to study abroad in Greece was by far the most eye opening experience.

Since I can remember, I have always been an introvert. Meeting new people does not come easy for me – and growing up in suburbia allowed me to stay in my comfort zone. I have always played it safe. When I went abroad, I struggled with this for the first week but then something started to change. I was fortunate enough to meet some great people who helped me become more outgoing as time went on. I felt myself opening up more and more and suddenly talking to people was not so daunting.

This experience showed me how much I was missing out on by living my life that way. The people I met during my time abroad got me to push myself to try new things and that’s not something I do very often.

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Ask me before studying abroad to hike a mountain, and I would have probably laughed in your face.

It is something I can look back on, laugh, and remind myself that it is okay to try new things. Before deciding to study abroad, I always heard people talking about how they returned a different person, and I never truly believed that was possible. I learned first-hand, that it definitely is. I returned from my time abroad a more outgoing and confident individual. This would not have been possible without taking the chance to travel and embracing the unknown. My eyes have been opened to new things. In the end, the most important thing I learned is that life begins outside of your comfort zone and not to knock something until you try it.

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