This is an exciting time, one of those times where you will learn a great deal not only about other cultures and peoples, but also about yourself. You will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with local cultures and traditions and develop a deeper understanding of global citizenship. In addition, realize that you are distinguishing yourself amongst an elite few in the United States. Only 1% of the United States higher education student population studies abroad. International experience, global awareness and foreign language skills are very important qualities in this new century and employers are looking for people with broad experiences.
"Travel is fatal to bigotry, racism and narrow mindedness,"
-- Mark Twain