There is no doubt that Union’s tuition is extremely expensive.
With that in mind, we, as privileged students, must remember that our tuition pays for opportunities as well as many other benefits both socially and professionally.
Our parents sent us to Union to give us the best possible chance to achieve our dreams through a small, private, liberal arts education.
Union offers small classes, intelligent professors, career guidance, gym access, numerous dining options and the guarantee of a prosperous future.
However, it has come to my attention, especially in going through the study abroad application process, that Union’s promise of an abroad experience is far from ensured.
At many other colleges, students are guaranteed to have the opportunity to study abroad. Their application process may be tedious, but with the correct credentials, students should not be worried. At Union, however, this is certainly not the case.
Studying abroad is seen as a huge achievement for students who are accepted into the programs.
Even those with satisfactory GPAs and the required courses can be rejected from programs simply because of selectivity.
I know countless students who cannot explain how or why they were rejected from the program they wanted, other than because another applicant was better.
Attending a college should come with the opportunities that college advertises.
Union, in particular, advertises their study abroad programs to make it seem like any, and all, students can and will go abroad, while boasting that the abroad programs at Union are one of the college’s best features.
To me, it is ridiculous that the study abroad programs are so highly selective.
How is it that students who pay close to $60,000 per year cannot study abroad, despite having good GPAs, a clean record and the required courses?
Studying abroad is enticing and certainly one of the most intellectually beneficial experiences one can have during their college career.
I consider myself very lucky to have been accepted into the Florence term abroad this spring.
Others, however, were not so lucky, and definitely feel confused and disgruntled about missing out on such a magnificent opportunity.
I wonder what it would take for Union to increase the sizes of these programs, as there is no doubt that something needs to be done.
Either Union must inform incoming students that studying abroad is not as easy as advertised, or allocate more of our tuition toward funding study abroad programs for more students.
It is time for us to question where our tuition goes and where it should be most effectively spent.