“To study abroad or not to study abroad?” This question rang in my head many times while I have been in college. Will it be too expensive? Will I enjoy it? Where will I go? All these questions were thoughts I had before choosing my study abroad program and deciding to actually go. At the beginning of my college career, I was not very motivated to want to study abroad. The idea sounded fun, but the older I got the more the idea sounded interesting. I have learned through the pre-departure process you need to be very motivated to want to study abroad because it seems to make the experience a lot more interesting. I know this seems obvious, but I feel some people study abroad just to say they have done it, not because they want to. I chose to study abroad because I have always enjoyed traveling, and I always wanted to go on an adventure to Europe. One of the first questions that was a big one for me was deciding what country I wanted to visit. Luckily for me, the accounting program at the Capstone had a wonderful trip planned to Germany, Belgium, and London where I could gain vast accounting knowledge as well as having a splendid time traveling. I have a friend who is a year older that attended the same trip last year, and it really helped with my decision because he spoke so highly of the trip. Another main issue I really ran into when choosing a trip was the cost of the trip. Being from a family of working parents, I really had to decide if this was something I wanted to do because it was going to be a lot of money. I soon figured out though that the University, as well as other organizations, offer many generous scholarships that really help with the majority of the trip. Along with other things, the study abroad process really comes together a lot easier than I anticipated, and I am so excited to attend the trip in only 5 days. I can’t wait to share more about my experience while in Europe. RTR. Pictured is my packing process… So fun! not. p.s. Don’t forget your passport!