“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
If you’ve ever thought about studying abroad or international travel, I’m going to simply “borrow” the words of a wise soul called Nike and say “Just do it.” Mark Twain’s quote is so true and I’m sure all of us have had those times when we said, “I should have…” or “I wish I had…” I can’t tell you how many people have confessed to me that they wish they’d studied abroad in college. These are friends both at Howard and friends from elsewhere – all different ages, races, backgrounds, both genders – I would say that number is almost in the hundreds (I talk about studying abroad a LOT). So go ahead and take the plunge. Don’t wait on retirement. For some reason I don’t think traveling around the world would be as fun at 65 as it is for me in my 20s (but I’m sure there are some seasoned adults out there proving me wrong!).