There is nothing like living and studying abroad. You are immersed in the language. You participate in the culture, not just study it. Leaving the place you know best helps you know yourself --and others-- better. And when you change your location, you change your frame of reference for so many things.
Think seriously about studying abroad for a year. Any time abroad is good, but ask students who studied for a semester, a summer, or during a break and so many will tell you that their only regret is not staying longer.
Picture yourself living and studying in Spain or Latin America!