In the spring of 2012, I studied at the University of Nottingham, England on an Alcoa College of Engineering Study Abroad Fellowship.  I studied abroad to challenge myself to learn in a system with different teaching methods, to expand my interpersonal skills, and to enrich my self-reliance.  The motivation and process of finding, studying, and learning course material was largely an independent effort.  Another key reason to study abroad was to take control of my education.  Independently completing the entire process, including the logistical arrangements, was very gratifying.  I met many wonderful friends who I still keep in touch with.  I kept track of all my travels on a Tumblr, pcaveneyuk.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe beautifully summarizes this accomplishment, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”