I studied abroad during the second semester of my sophomore year, which was a year earlier than most. Usually students study abroad and take classes in their major so that they can experience how that subject is taught internationally and gain a different perspective.
However, I wanted to take my general education classes at the University of Kent rather than the classes for my major. I knew that academics weren’t going to be my main priority while I was studying abroad. I was mostly interested in making international friends and traveling around Europe.
With this in mind, I didn’t want to take classes in my major because they would have been too time consuming. Instead, I wanted to take classes that would count towards fulfilling a general requirement, especially if they weren't offered at my own university.
My major, Anthropology, is unique in the fact that it's relatively flexible, unlike other majors such as Engineering where everything is very structured. However, because of my desire to take courses that were unique to the University of Kent, some did not transfer over to San Diego State University.
Because of this dilemma, I was required to take two summer courses so that I would still be able to graduate in four years. I did have the opportunity to take Medieval European History, Ethnobiology, and Film theory, all of which allowed me to learn about new subjects from the perspective of European professors.