I would say about 65% of the Skidmore student body studies abroad. If I am not mistaken, we are ranked top 5 in the country for percentage of students who study abroad from a given campus. With that said studying abroad is pretty much apart of the Skidmore experience. Countless times I have heard students say that they did not consider or would have not considered studying abroad if it were not for Skidmore. Skidmore College definitely believes the abroad experience enhances the college experience overall and I agree with every bit of that claim. Studying abroad was just about the best decision I have ever made. I still look back at my time abroad fondly and sometimes wish so bad that I could go back.
Since the decision is much supported Skidmore is very helpful when deciding to study abroad. Skidmore allows you to choose from Skidmore programs or Skidmore approved programs and if you are still not happy with the options you may have the option of choosing your own program outside of these choices. A student can literally walk into the Office of Off- Campus Study and Echanges saying he or she has no idea where to go, what to study, when to go, or how and they can help. I would know, I was that student. They will help you make a decision that is best given your major and the courses you have taken and need to take. Skidmore also prepares you for the leave but getting you in touch with students who have studied in the same location in the past and giving tips on what to do and how to make the best of your experience when away.
Financial Aid and such also carries over!
Thinking of studying abroad ? I say DO IT !!
So I am sure you all have gotten the idea that I have been thinking up a plan for what I will do after I graduate. When I started blogging I was somewhat sure that I would fly off to Australia immediately after accepting my diploma. I would’ve speant a year or two there learning more about myself and life and enjoying the sun, kangaroos, and koalas. Plans have changed. Who know if this will be the first time this happens. But as of now I decided I want to work in youth development directly after I graduate. I have been in touch with some awesome people with the help of my Skidmore connections and alumni network. Hopefully something comes of it. I hope to make a difference and develop a tighter grip on me and life and such and then from there I will apply to grad school….and maybe Australia for a year before that. An important thing I am learning is that it seems nearly impossible to make a “5 year plan”; life happens and thins change including yourself. Sometimes going with the flow a bit is okay.
Australia. During orientation. Such a cool photo. I couldn't help but share.
I DID !! I went abroad to Australia. I had the time of my life. I fell in love with the people, sights, food, EVERYTHING!! I still keep in touch with the friends I met there and am confident that I will keep in contact with them for the rest of my days. I loved Australia so much I feel the need to return after graduation.