I was born in a suburban community in Lagos, Nigeria. I have always loved travelling and learning about new cultures. When I was in high school, I got a scholarship to study in England for 3 years. This was my first experience outside the hustle and bustle of Lagos; the Nigerian city of dreams. I fell in love with the United Kingdom— so I decided to take my Cambridge exams in the UK. I made the decision to experience American culture after I completed my A-level Cambridge exams. I registered for the SAT and ACT examinations, and I also applied to different universities in the United States. My experiences in America have been LITERALLY life changing. I came to the United States alone when I was 16 to attend university; I came here during the most formative years of my life— I have learned various cross-cultural skills and gained valuable life experiences. I believe studying abroad has made me stand out as responsible and independent. I advise every individual in college or high school to try studying abroad; it will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Plato said “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the dark.” Don’t be in the dark, study abroad!