With over 17.5 million views, this is one of the most watched TED talks ever. Brené Brown is a vulnerability expert and explains how vulnerability is the key to connection, one of the basic human needs. She says, “in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.”
I cannot think of a more vulnerable experience than being on Study Abroad. You have to constantly put yourself out there in new ways every single day. Whether you’re trying to speak your second language to do everyday things, making new friends in a completely different culture, or traveling to new places on your own, you’re making yourself vulnerable.
It’s your willingness to be vulnerable in life that will help you grow and have the most impact in the world. Brown’s research shows that people who do this have “the courage to be imperfect.” As a result they have a stronger sense of connection and belonging.
In Study U Abroad I talk about owning your inner awesomeness. This is what vulnerability on Study Abroad is all about. Be willing to put yourself out there without fear and share all of yourself with the world.
How will you embrace vulnerability on Study Abroad?