I majored in International Studies and in French at the University of Oregon, and I studied abroad for an academic year in Dakar, Senegal!
When the majority of our students think about studying abroad, their minds automatically go to Western Europe. In fact, some of CEA’s most popular destinations are Spain, Italy and France. However, having studied abroad in a non-traditional country (Morocco), I can tell you that it was most definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.
A lot of students—girls especially (sorry girls!)—tend to think it is necessary to bring everything they own on their study abroad adventure. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not necessary! There is no use showing up to the airport in a foreign country with five suitcases when you only have two hands.
So, here are my top 5 packing tips for all of you adventurers out there!
When I was getting ready to study abroad in Paris, it didn’t really occur to me that I would actually have to head off to a foreign country all on my own. It wasn’t until I found myself on a plane in late August that the reality of what I was about to do really hit me – and I began to panic a little as the questions raced through my mind:
Would I make friends? Would I have to explore Paris by myself for four months? What if I ended up traveling alone?