You’ve seen the brochures. You’ve obsessed over a frenemy’s Facebook pictures. Traveling to a foreign location is very well may be on everyone’s college bucket list. But there’s a lot more to studying abroad than fancy beach getaways and double-tap-worthy selfie opportunities. Here are some things to consider before diving into an international excursion:
You may not get along with all of the students on the trip.
Depending on your program, you may be traveling and/or living with students who aren’t from your normal group of friends; they may not even be your age or from your school. While many students come back from study abroad trips with great new friendships, there’s a chance you won’t click with your group.
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After a whirlwind month of August, that was comprised of a fabulous two week excursion to Germany, and a high-octane and momentous move to the University of Florida, things have finally settled down into a steady flow of new experiences and excitement, instead of the constant torrent of the previous weeks.
Germany was an irreplaceable experience as I learned to understand the term “culture shock” in its full capacity. Check out my gallery of my sights and seeings here.
College is amazing. No but really. I can understand the hype and the buildup and excitement of all of the upperclassmen before me. Three weeks in, and it feels like I’ve been living this life for years.
Turning 18 was great. Probably one of the more simple birthdays I’ve had, which mostly comprised of eating and shopping and new friends, but it was lovely and one of the most enjoyable.
Can’t wait to start writing more regularly, and seriously, as things settle down into the the low buzz of chaos that will be freshman year!