Missouri State University
Sumer Fletcher

Sumer Fletcher

  • Major: Global Studies
  • Hometown: TBD
  • Program: International Student Exchange Programs
  • Country: France

'I feel stronger, braver, more confident; and I owe it to studying abroad'

Sumer says going to France was the best decision she made in college — and maybe in her life in general.

Sumer is a Global Studies major who studied abroad at Savoie University in France during fall 2011. During that time, Sumer talked about living abroad:

What’s been the best part about your experience so far?

Honestly, I would have to say that the best part of my experience so far actually has nothing to do with France specifically. The best part really has just been the personal challenge and learning experience. I'm such a different person now than I was before I left because this whole study-abroad experience has helped me grow so much.

I feel stronger, braver, more confident; and I owe it to studying abroad. I can definitely say it's the best decision I've ever made regarding college and maybe even life in general.

Traveling through France has been great too though! :)

What has been the biggest challenge?

I think the emotional ups and downs are the biggest challenge I've had to face with studying abroad. For me, it's kind of an emotional roller coaster — one minute I'm having the time of my life and the next I'm wishing I was home with my family.

The down moments are usually fleeting but nonetheless it takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally and even physically. But that's just what comes when you make a change as big as moving to a country on the other side of the globe — it's all part of the experience. Every challenge I face here is an opportunity to grow, so I embrace it.

What is the photo you provided?

Me on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, France.

Be sure to check out Sumer's personal travel blog!