As I’ve mentioned in the past I get a lot of emails from readers. Some are nice, some are mean, lots of them ask for advice that I’m usually not qualified to give.
This week I got an email from an 18-year old female reader with a question about travel during college. I’m hoping to crowdsource some suggestions for her:
Help! I want to study abroad but my parents won’t let me!
Later in college, I want to study abroad (Vienna, Austria, in fact!). However, my parents are completely against the idea, for safety concerns of course. But, also because they believe I won’t be ready – even a year and a half later. They’re afraid I’ll be taken advantage of, and from their vague forewarnings, probably will get caught up with boys and possibly drugs. Other than telling them this is no way near my plans, how can I ease their concerns?
But, I’m sure a major reason behind their worry is that I’ve never been away from them for more than a school day (I live at home). What are some good ideas to “build up” to studying abroad? Any ideas I present to them – weekend volunteer trips or conference visits hosted by my college – they shut down. Even when I travel with them, they don’t let me out of their sight for more than a few minutes, other than the hotel. Any ideas here?
Help: How did you talk to your parents about studying abroad? What as persuasive to them?
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