Don't study abroad so you can look cool or gain more followers on Instagram.
Don't study abroad so you can “say you've done that.”
Don't study abroad because it will look better on a resume.
Don't study abroad because you want to show off your expendable income.
Don't study abroad because the college told you to do it.
Don't study abroad because social media told you to.
Don't study abroad because your friends are doing it.
Study abroad because you can't possibly imagine spending one more day in a mindset stuck in one country. Do it because the longing to explore the world around you is so intense that you can't sleep at night. Do it for the experience – do it for the mind-altering education that isn't attainable anywhere else. Do it to understand other cultures. Do it to see something outside of America. Do it because you're a big enough person to comprehend that you and your life are such minute matters in a globe that's full of passionate, welcoming, intriguing cultures outside of your own.