I studied abroad through SUNY Fredonia's program with Yamasa Institute in Okasaki, Japan. I spent three wonderful weeks there, taking Japanese classes and learning about the history, culture, and traditions of their society. We visited several castles, temples, shrines, and cities, learning and using our newly acquired language skills along the way. We also cooked sugiyaki and tried traditional arts, such as Taigo drumming and sand painting. Studying abroad was a wonderful opportunity for me to get a solid foundation for learning a new language, and a taste of a different culture. Studying abroad might not be for everyone, but if you're thinking about expanding your horizons and your language skills, it's a great way to do it.