The recent terrorist attack in Paris, France on Nov. 13 has instilled fear and hesitancy in parents regarding their children who are or are planning to study abroad. While this fear is understandable because there are growing threats concerning where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will attack next, we cannot put our lives on hold based on uncertainty. ISIL’s actions should be taken seriously, but we should not allow the terrorist group to prevent us from living our lives or furthering our educational endeavors.
As someone who hopes to study abroad in London in spring 2017, my grandparents expressed their concern about my safety abroad following the recent Paris attacks. Much of their concern stems from London’s proximity to Paris — a mere three hour train ride. Despite their understandable concerns, I do plan to study in Europe, and I am aware of the terrorism that London specifically has experienced.