Summer's looming not too far in the horizon and I am befuddled. I have three options for what to do this summer and I've consulted with friends and family to the point of them throwing up their hands and fleeing in the opposite direction when they see me coming with the pensive look upon my face. So I ask you: Faced with these options what would you do? Note: the Summer programs cost about the same, are of the same duration, and same credit hours just different places.
Four Week Summer Abroad To Austria: This is a program in International Commercial Arbitration. We visit Linz, Vienna, Salzburg, Treinto; Italy; Prague and Budapest and visit the arbitraton courts of each city.
Four Week Summer Abroad To Brazil: This is a program in health and environmental law. We live in great accomadations right by Impanada and Copa Cabana but we also visit the Favelas (the slums) as part of our projects.
Don't Go To Either: And stay at home and work and take summer classes.
I'm torn. Part of me wants to go to Brasil. Yes it's is more dangerous and I've heard from people that it's more of a party city but I'm drawn to it for the opportunity to sit shoreside for four weeks perusing the hippie fairs and buying mangoes of every flavor and texture imaginable. But most of the advice I've received is to go to Austria. I mean how often do you get to see all those cities? Plus its safer. I actually reserved skymiles for Austria. But I don't feel that excited about it as I do about Brasil. Perhaps its because the Brasil professor had a snazzy slideshow with enticing visuals of oceans and mangoes. Perhaps its being in one country and truly absorbing the culture. I don't really know. I went to the professors for advice knowing that ofcourse they'd favor their own program but I had no idea the ferocity of their passion for their program. The Europe professor said, "sure go to Brasil if you enjoy getting mugged and shot." The Brasil said something so bizarre I can't really repeat it online. Needless to say, not much help.
And maybe I shouldnt go at all. Kashif encourages me to go abroad but I'll miss him :( Plus trips cost money maybe I should save the money and we could take a trip together? *sigh* I have applied for internships as well for summer jobs which if I get a very promising one I will pick over the other options simply because it makes better career sense. But if not... I'm torn about what to do... Been to any of these cities? Not been but know what you'd do in my shoes? Any advice much appreciated!
Thanks for all your advice. It means a lot to me that you took the time out to call, comment or email with your input. Hopefully after some soul searching I will reach a decision by week's end.