With the school year winding down, Tufts University administrators met recently with students planning to study abroad, outlining what they should do before they leave and what to expect when they arrive. Above all, they stressed the risks - and ways to minimize them.
But with an audience of young adults eager to see the world and seize adventure, it was hard to know whether the warnings truly hit home.
“I think the message gets through," said Sheila Bayne, who directs the university’s study-abroad program. “But of course it never gets through as much as you’d want."
Such words of caution have taken on a tragic aspect after a fatal car accident in New Zealand earlier this month that killed three Boston University students and critically injured a fourth.