Hello, I am applying for a scholarship through my school to study in France for the fall semester. The prompt is to write a 500 word essay on why I want to study abroad. Please let me know what you think about what I have written so far.
human interaction and meeting others
Studying abroad the fall 2016 semester in Canada helped spark a passion in me that was for so long needed and wanted. Never would I have imagined stepping out my comfort zone and putting myself in another surrounding lead to some of the best experiences of my life. From the amazing people I met and beautiful places that I visited, to the growth in myself that I experienced, my time abroad has acted as a catalyst to my other dreams and aspirations. I am no longer the kid who was once scared to start conversations with people who looked different. Rather, I am the now young man who is keen for human interaction and meeting others.
As a result of this experience, I have chosen to pursue an exchange program in France, at Aix-Marseille Universite in Aix-en-Provence. Through the International Student Exchange program partnership with my school,________, I am able to immerse myself in French culture as well as learn and explore the rich history that France has to offer. In addition to being situated between the beautiful French alps and Mediterranean coast, Aix-Marseille is a ranked French university and one of the most distinguished in the country.
I have yearned for the opportunity to travel to France. In high school, I was fortunate to have the chance to speak with other minorities who went abroad to the country. These students, who came from a similar background of mine, spoke highly of the diversity of the country and the education they received. To many, it was their first taste of what life was outside of America. I remember first hand the story of a black male, similar to me, who told of how his experience made him see the world differently. With every sentence he spoke, I could feel his excitement of what he had accomplished. From being able to immerse himself in a culture so different from his own, to living a rather simplistic life, I felt eager to learn more about his and other's experiences.
From that day on, I aligned my goals and aspirations for this opportunity. Working diligently these past few years, much of what I have done has been for this moment. To be able to accomplish a goal that I have had for so long makes me feel a sense of gratitude and empowerment. I hope to gain from this experience a greater sense of cultural awareness, a better understanding of the world, as well as adaptability skills that will be beneficial to me in the future.