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What advice can you give other parents whose children want to study abroad?

5 Replies from Mentors

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    Alicia
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Let them! Yes, the idea of them leaving and being away is worrisome, but it’s for their own good;...
    Let them! Yes, the idea of them leaving and being away is worrisome, but it’s for their own good; it’s for the benefit of their own future. Time flies and before you know it, it’s already time for their return. If you’re worried pray to God. As parents, we want the best for our kids. As immigrants to this country, the last thing we want is for our kids to have to struggle like we did and end up without a proper education; on the contrary, we want them to progress.
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    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    I would advise parents to be supportive and helpful. Going abroad is a big endeavor and requires...
    I would advise parents to be supportive and helpful. Going abroad is a big endeavor and requires not only financial support, but emotional support as well, and parents should be willing to help their child in any way possible. Also become interested in your child’s experience. Nothing is more frustrating than having a passion for something that no one else cares to understand. It would be helpful to learn about the host country yourself and become familiar with their culture and affairs so you can be more secure in letting your child leave for a long period of time. When your child is abroad it is also important to be there for them emotionally, but to give them space to grow as an individual. Don’t call your child every single day and don’t smother them, but let them know you will be there if they need any guidance. When your child returns, ask them about their experiences and take an interest. As I said before, your child will come back with a new set of memories and will want to share them proudly.
  • mentor picture Starlett Craig
     
    Starlett Craig
    Academic Program Director
    Clemson University
    My best advice to African American parents is not to let your own fears block your child’s future....
    My best advice to African American parents is not to let your own fears block your child’s future. Acknowledge your fears, but also recognize that the world is changing and we must support our children’s desire to become an integral part of a global society.

    For every negative there are ten positives to skew the impact of negative thinking. Today, there are a few more people of color represented on the world stage who show us the possibilities. Nonetheless, our future socio-economic status dictates that ordinary students venture beyond the American classroom to participate in study abroad. These cross-cultural programs help to forge life-long friendships and increase individual respect and understanding of other people who populate the world. I believe that study abroad is an essential step toward a more peaceful and just society. The students who share their experiences with me confirm this belief!
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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
    I would advise any parent to strongly encourage their student to pursue study abroad experiences. ...
    I would advise any parent to strongly encourage their student to pursue study abroad experiences. Our children should never be discouraged to pursue opportunities for personal growth that will allow them to gain knowledge. There is so much in this world to learn, and as parents, it is a privilege for us to teach our children not to be afraid to step forward and pursue and embrace every opportunity to learn and grow.
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    Juan
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Why would you want to hold your kids back and take away an opportunity from them? For those...
    Why would you want to hold your kids back and take away an opportunity from them? For those parents who are scared, they need to remember that behind every fear there is something to be gained.
 
 
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