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View Poll Results: Exchange, or no exchange?
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Exchange, or no exchange? - January 30th 2012, 01:12 AM

Hi there,

I'm in my second year of undergraduate studies at a university in Canada, pursuing an Honours Specialization degree in Psychology and a Minor in Criminology. I may have an opportunity to do an exchange next year (for 8 months) in either England or Scotland. I'm just so torn. I don't know what I should do - and I need to decide fast because, if I'm staying here, I'll need to sign a lease somewhere ASAP.

- great opportunity and life experience (probably once-in-a-lifetime)
- always wanted to travel
- have really interesting courses at the universities I applied to (related to Forensic Psychology)
- looks good on a resume
- unique experience that could help me write a great personal statement for law school and other grad programs
- will allow me to immerse myself into a new culture

- will have to leave my family, friends, and boyfriend
- may force me to take a 5th year of undergrad
- may hinder my grades/affect my chances of getting into grad school or law school
- expensive (but I have a scholarship, so some of the funding will be taken care of)
- I'll be all alone, not really knowing much at all
- I have extra-curricular activities here that will have to be put on the back-burner


Thanks a lot. I'm just so confused.

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Re: Exchange, or no exchange? - January 30th 2012, 02:56 AM

If I were in your position, I would definitely do the exchange program. As you said, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, what I would do doesn't matter. You need to weigh the pros and cons that you came up with in your list and decide what means more to you. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it'll be great for you!

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Re: Exchange, or no exchange? - February 1st 2012, 03:56 PM

Update: If I get accepted, it will definitely be at a school in England. I should find out within two weeks! (hopefully sooner)

Anyone else have any opinions/insights re: this exchange opportunity?

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Re: Exchange, or no exchange? - February 3rd 2012, 06:52 AM

YES! DO IT! I'm in university too and I am planning to go to Spain in the next years. Again, this is a once - in - a - lifetime thing and you don't want to miss out. Yes, you'll be leaving everything behind, but that's the beauty of it, the independence you're going to have, not having to rely on anybody. If they love you, they'll know it's a great opportunity for you.

Not relating to personal life, taking credits at a university abroad will look EXTREMELY good on your transcript. Employers, and other universities are now looking at students who ventured outside their comfort zone to 'better themselves' at another country. This is because good grades, and good community service hours are becoming very common nowadays so they like to see something different (source: university councillor).

Good luck with your choice. I'll understand if you decide to stay (since it's not as easy as it seems to leave everything behind) but I really urge you to try this!

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