Everyone can be a Sojourner!
so·journ·er - noun. 1. A temporary resident. 2. Someone who stays for a time in a place.
PLU students who study away aren't just tourists; they are so much more. While adjusting to one's new surroundings there may be many times where one feels completely out of place: the first time you see an old stone castle or Roman ruins, the first time you try a new local delicacy, or by learning (the hard way) the intricacies of navigating through life in a foreign language.
But after a while, you start to accustom yourself to your new way of living: you recognize and can say hello to the street vendor on the corner, you can explore and familiarize yourself with the streets of your new city and people will start asking you for directions, and you can walk into your favorite cafe and they will greet you by name and ask you how you are doing.
These are the differences that distinguish a sojourner from a tourist. Sojourners truly live in their new environments, learning and growing as they experience life in new surroundings. They expand their thinking, they challenge their perspectives, they take risks, and they make lasting memories and friendships. Studying away doesn't just enhance a student's four years at a university; it plays an integral and permanent role in the lives of those students who make the leap to study away - whether it's for a J-Term, a semester, or a year.
PLU makes it easy for students who want to experience this amazing way of living. As Sojourner Advocates, we want you to experience this amazing adventure and we're a great resource if you're looking to study away, coming back from a experience as a sojourner, or just not sure what this whole study away this about. Always feel free to come into the Wang Center or stop us if you see us on campus to ask us any questions. In no time, you too can be a Sojourner!
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