All college students have a bucket list of goals they want to achieve before college is over, whether it's getting a certain GPA, joining a certain club, or studying abroad. Studying abroad can be an extremely difficult and intimidating decision to make, but it’s one that every college student should try and experience on some level. An experience abroad can expand your knowledge on the world and different cultures in an immersive way. Here are several tips to making the most of your abroad experience.
1. Choose the program that best fits your needs
When deciding to study abroad, there are tons of programs to pick from. Whether it comes down to country, university, internship, or time of year, it’s important to weigh out your options and decide which program is the best fit for you.
2. Pack accordingly.
Studying abroad can be a great time to explore your fashion sense but bring clothes and accessories you know you wear. Especially if you are gone for an extended period of time, it’s good to bring pieces that you can wear repeatedly in different ways. Also, be sure to leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs!
3. Say YES.
Being abroad as a young college student is truly like no other experience. While it is important to focus on your studies, it’s also important to make friends you wouldn’t have met otherwise, experience a new culture, and try new things. Saying “yes” to things you wouldn’t normally do will make the experience even more unforgettable. Try new things and go to new places, especially on the weekends when you have the time!
4. Document the moment.
While abroad, be sure not to take any moment for granted. Take pictures of your new friends, the places you go, and the food you eat. Even bring a journal and at the of every day write down what you did. Once you are home from your trip, it’ll be nice to look back at what you wrote and the pictures you took to bring you back to that moment you were in.
5. Have a positive outlook
Like mentioned earlier, studying abroad can be a very intimidating experience, especially if you are going to a new place and if you are going by yourself. Missing friends and family is normal, but try to have a positive outlook on your time away and make the absolute best of every part of it.
Blog Post by Maddy Fink