You're a teenager who has traveled to another country. Perhaps with your family. Perhaps with some kind of teen travel tour, volunteer, mission or service organization. Perhaps through a study abroad program like School Year Abroad, Island School, or Where There Be Dragons.
You had an incredible experience! You think this is one of the most interesting things you've done in your whole life.
And everyone's telling you not to write your college essays about it.
Lucky for you, those people are completely wrong.
Eva Glasrud completed her B.A. and M.A. at Stanford. She is now a college counselor and life coach for gifted youth.