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What parents need to know about study abroad
It’s important to understand that Moms and Dads often need some extra reassurance before letting their child leave the country for months at a time, if not for an entire year. Doctor Laurie Kohler, the on-location Resident Director for University of Maryland in London, works with worried parents on a regular basis. As a study abroad professional, she has a great appreciation for the study abroad experience; and as the mother of two boys who got their degrees abroad, she also understands the parent perspective. She says, “There are times when study abroad can seem rather nerve-wracking for a parent, but part of this process is giving our children the unique opportunities and the space to grow both intellectually and personally, and to develop resilience and maturity to deal with the joys and frustrations of life, wherever they may be.”
The best thing for both students and parents is to talk honestly about the decision making process, including why study abroad is important and what aspects of research have been done and still need to be done in order to make a well-informed decision.
Let us help you start the conversation with our suggested discussion points.
Finally, it’s important for students to remember that studying abroad is an experience that will help you gain maturity, so why not start now with a mature and honest conversation with your parents? Parents, remember that college and studying abroad is supposed to build independence in your child, so why not encourage this new trait with the opportunity of studying abroad?
Looking for more information? Check
out our study abroad student guide to learn more.
Rachael has a B.S. in Geography from the University of Maryland and studied abroad in London during the Spring of 2009.
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