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Question

Did you have any concerns about your child traveling abroad?

4 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Alicia
     
    Alicia
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    The main concern was that she would be traveling alone. My daughter had never traveled before and...
    The main concern was that she would be traveling alone. My daughter had never traveled before and idea of us not being there with her worried me very much. Money was also a worry of mine. Studying abroad is not cheap and the amount of loans she would endure was stressing.
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    Sandra
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Of course, mainly safety issues. I heard a lot about people getting robbed or having their purses...
    Of course, mainly safety issues. I heard a lot about people getting robbed or having their purses stolen and so I worried about my daughter in that sense. Also about her health- I was worried that she’ll get sick and I wouldn’t be there to help her. Fortunately, none of my worries became a reality. She was safe and healthy during her time abroad.
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    Linda
    Program Coordinator for Academic Collarboration for Underrepresented Enrollment in Nursing Program (ACUMEN) and Parent of Study Abroad Students
    Clemson University
    Yes, I had concerns about my son traveling abroad. I was concerned about his personal safety. ...
    Yes, I had concerns about my son traveling abroad. I was concerned about his personal safety. Although he had traveled abroad previously and I trusted my son to conduct himself in a mature manner, I knew very little about the level of safety at his destination. At this point, parents must rely on the discretion of school officials in selecting safe study abroad locations. To put my mind at ease, I contacted the study abroad office at my son's school to discuss my concerns and I would recommend that other concerned parents do the same.
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    Juan
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Not too many. The idea of how far she was going was a bit concerning. I was also worried about...
    Not too many. The idea of how far she was going was a bit concerning. I was also worried about how much she would struggle with the language barrier since she doesn’t speak Italian, but that only reminded me of how much I struggled when I first came to this country. My own experiences served as a reminder to her, that if I was able to do it and start a new life, that her stay for a few weeks would be no problem.
 
 
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