I'm applying for a term abroad at Czech Technical University. This is what i have so far for my essay. Can some of you read it and comment? The only other part i still have to write is a paragraph about a economic/politial/social problem or issue in the country i want to go to. " When I was applying to various colleges, I had already accepted the fact that I would be unable to study abroad. I knew that students who chose to major in any field of engineering had a high course load, and were therefore unable to study abroad without falling behind. Last year when I was a freshman I learned that it was possible for engineers to go on a term abroad and have an amazing time while satisfying course requirements for graduation. I feel that the term abroad in Prague is well suited for me. For this reason it is the only one I am applying for. At Czech Technical University, I would have opportunity to take classes which relate directly to my major; mechanical engineering. Classes I would take also satisfy course requirements at Union. At other schools, a very small percentage of engineering majors choose to study abroad. That percentage is significantly higher here because engineering majors would still be able to graduate on time. Before I made my final decision in regards to going on a term abroad, I asked everyone I knew who went on one about their experience. Of the seven or so people I spoke with, none of them had anything negative to say. I have spent a lot of time speaking with one of my teammates on the crew team who went to Prague last fall. He highly recommended the program. If accepted for the term abroad, and decide to go, it will be the longest time I have ever been in a foreign country. I will be with many of my classmates, some of which are good friends of mine so it wont seem as foreign as it would if I were alone. I am not, however, going halfway around the world to spend all my time with the same people I spend all my time with here. A valuable part of going abroad is meeting people from the place where I will be staying. Not only will I meet new people but it will also give me insight into their culture. The Vltava River runs right through Prague. This presents me with a great opportunity to row with Czech students. This is also I would overcome one of the difficult parts of leaving Union for the fall term this year. Being on the Varsity Crew team since a freshman has had a positive impact on me. Rowing was one way I met a lot of my current friends. My sister studied abroad in Florence 6 years ago. She too was a collegiate rower, who had a great time rowing in Florence."