Stepping out of your square

Stepping out of your square

Jan 3
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES
  

I’ve been in New Zealand for three days now and I have absolutely fallen in love with the country. Eating peaches right off the tree, hiking around the Southern Alps, and getting to know some of the most genuine farmers I’ve ever met – this opportunity to study abroad is amazing.

I think that one of the family orchard owners, Simon, said it best when he told us, “You’ve got to get out of your square, mates.” He said that he frequently takes his orchard employees to neighboring farms to learn new practices because it’s important to learn from others. I think this is just what studying abroad feels like.

I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous when I left snowy Illinois for more than 24 hours of traveling to sunny New Zealand. But let me tell you – this opportunity has been everything I hoped for, plus more. Sometimes stepping out of your square, or box, can be difficult, but it’s one of the most important lessons to learn. If you never step out of your comfort zone and try new things, you’ll never learn about other countries or experience a new culture. Opportunities are always near, don’t be afraid to knock on the door and step out of your square, especially with a study abroad experience in the College of ACES.