Preparing to Study Abroad
Several months ago, I was accepted to the biomedical sciences'
Costa Rica semester abroad program. Woo hoo!
But, now, I have to think about the most
essential thing—money. How am I supposed to get the money to pay
for this? As a first-generation student who is dependent on
financial aid, money is a huge issue for me.
Thus, I started looking into scholarships and found one I am
eligible for—The Gilman International Scholarship.
The Gilman International Scholarship is geared to Pell Grant
recipients who are intending on studying abroad in a level one or
two travel advisory country for more than three weeks. The
application requires a statement of purpose essay (basically asks
why you decided to go study abroad) and a project plan essay (which
is your plan to promote the Gilman Scholarship AFTER you study
abroad), along with your official transcript.
It has been a pretty easy process, other than the essay. The
application is due in a few days, so I’m struggling to get my essay
perfect while studying for my three exams, two of which are the day
before the deadline (March 6). But I think the struggle with be
My advice to anyone considering studying abroad is this: There
are resources! Study abroad sends out frequent emails about
scholarships available, and you can go to the Money Management
Center to work out how to save up for the trip if you need to.
Texas A&M isn’t called the No. 1 public university to send
students abroad for no reason!