A Generation of Romantics: How Study Abroad is Influencing Millenials


Space, Place & Southern Grace

As a twenty-something born in the early 90s, I’ve witnessed no shortage of romance. It is delivered to us in the forms of novels, films, magazines, television, music videos, and more. Young millennials have embraced this notion of romantic love as an idealized goal, and has contributed to widespread “romanticizing” that includes all things material and cultural. We capture these moments of romance in 140 characters or in a square image in the spaces society has constructed for us to share within. Whether it is a snippet of a song lyric shared on Twitter or a love affair with a new pair of boots narrated via Instagram, romance, in numerous forms, is alive and well with our generation.

When it comes to studying abroad, young collegians jump at the chance to catch a plane with close friends, or even complete strangers, and spend time in a foreign destination. Students are…

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