When I first decided to study abroad, I had no idea that I would absorb so much from the experience. Getting involved with CEA has helped me with my résumé, communication skills, and my passion for travel.
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.
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.
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.