I knew long before I came to college that I wanted to study abroad. It started way back when my older sister, now long graduated (from UMass as well), was going on college visits during her last few years in high school. I tagged along on a lot of these visits and was always blown away by the stories people told about their study abroad experiences. That, coupled with my love of travel, meant that I had made up my mind long before I even had to think about college: I was going to study abroad. So when the time came, and I was finally going off to college, that was something always in the back of my mind.