People always talk about regrets in life. I’ve always said I don’t have regrets. Yes, if I knew then what I know now I would have made some different decisions. But, I made the best decisions at the time with the information I had.
But then someone mentioned Study Abroad and it clicked. Not doing Study Abroad is my regret. When I was at Penn State they had a summer program for a few weeks in Amsterdam. Sounded pretty damn cool. I never even asked my parents if I could go. I assumed they would say no, but looking back, I’m not so sure. No, I don’t think it was a guaranteed yes, but they would have at least entertained me.
Even worse, I had a roommate who was from England. I knew the deal, knew what a great experience it was. Totally regret not asking.
That is why today, when Penn State calls and asks me to donate money, I always donate it to the Study Abroad Program. So others don’t have as many excuses not to do it.