Editor’s Note

editorsnote

For this year’s Study Abroad special issue, we highlighted the experiences of the UC Berkeley students who decided to go abroad to see new places, learn about themselves and bring their experiences back to Berkeley. More than 1,800 Bears traveled to 40 countries across the globe and brought back some
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kayla-brown

Studying abroad or staying local

I realized that my obsession with globetrotting did not necessarily stem from a need to explore new locations, but a need to continuously challenge myself and expand my worldview. By fleshing this out, I was able to separate my experiences from the destinations themselves.
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Ismael Farooqui

An American abroad

Growing up in America, you can only ever wish to be an American, an identity which extracts as much as it promises. You have no choice in the matter, even if you will always come up short.
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