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The AFS Experience

 

The AFS experience gave me the confidence to go away to college and move away from my family for my first job. It hasn’t really had an “in your face” impact, but I’m sure that it has influenced how I’ve interacted with others. You can’t have an experience like a foreign exchange program provides without it having an impact on your worldview in some way. It might be in many small ways rather than a couple of large ways, but the impact is there.

 

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s the perspective that matters

I try to explain to my friends who have kids why it’s so important, how specifically it will make your life better.  You get an international perspective.  If you haven’t done it it’s hard to understand everything that’s implied when you say you have an international perspective.

You see that there are so many viewpoints and so many ways to perceive experiences and you can’t appreciate it if you haven’t done it.

It’s not always fun or easy, but it makes you who you are.  You see the world, and you can’t imagine seeing your life without that experience, that perspective.