My study abroad experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was truly transformative. Being that it was my first time out of the country ,it exposed me to new cultures, perspectives, and ways of life that I had never encountered before. Staying in a foreign country forced me to step out of my comfort zone, adapt to cultural norms, and become more independent. One significant way it affected me was by broadening my horizons. I gained a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and learned to see the world through a more global lens. This experience helped me become a more open-minded and accepting person. Studying abroad has made me a more culturally aware, adaptable, and confident individual, and I believe these qualities will continue to benefit me throughout my life.