Before the Tarmac: Studying Abroad

Studying abroad will be a rewarding experience, but more goes into pre-departure planning than just what goes in your suitcase. Once abroad, you’ll want to focus on relaxing (and studying of course!), so it’s worth making careful preparations in advance to avoid being caught off-guard. Here are three “before you go” tasks you can’t afford to forget.

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A Glimpse into Tico Culture

My conscience has been exposed to a different perspective on what it means to be American. Here in the United States, I’m used to “American” meaning a nationality bounded within the barriers of this country, but as I traveled south of the U.S., I was reminded that the term defines numerous other languages and nations, including Costa Rica.

Flyin' Solo


Solo traveling is the most exhausting, frustrating, and difficult thing that I have ever done.

Just this morning, I was trying to catch a train in Portugal from Porto to Lisbon. Now, this wouldn't be too frustrating except for the fact that I was carrying my backpack with seven weeks’ worth of stuff. Additionally, multiple people yelled at me in Portuguese, the first group for a reason I still don't know.

Traveling Like a Local, With the Locals


On the day I left for San José, I took a car to the airport, a plane to another airport, another airplane to the airport in Costa Rica, a van to my host family’s house, then I took a nap. Total travel time: over 10 hours.

When I decided to study abroad, I conveniently forgot about how much time and stress I was going to slog through to begin my new life abroad. After all, you’ve got to do a lot of pre-traveling before you can do some real traveling.

Buenos Aires: Everything You Need to Know


If you’ve chosen Buenos Aires as your study abroad destination, then you’ve made a great decision that you certainly won’t regret! I think about my study abroad experience in Argentina often and long to return one day. Not only is Buenos Aires such a unique, dynamic and entertaining city, but there are other fantastic trips you can take within the region. 

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