You have just spent the semester or year in a foreign country where you mastered the language, immersed yourself in the local culture, saw some pretty amazing sights, and gained a whole new perspective about yourself and the world. Kudos to you for completing your study abroad experience! Now that your exchange is coming to an end, you are due to fly back home shortly. You look at your closet and the various souvenirs and objects you’ve collected since you arrived overseas. You’re thinking how the heck am I going to fit all this into my luggage? (more…)
College life is great at first. Tons of new people, a bunch of school-sponsored events for entertainment, and not-too-shabby eats in the dining hall (for glorified cafeteria food, that is). Life is good once move-in is over.
Then a few weeks go by.
Not only is there class to deal with, but the dining hall food is all starting to taste alike, there are fewer campus events to go to, and while the people may still be interesting, everyone’s getting a little tired of the same old thing. So now what? (more…)
Last summer I was stuck living in Boston under the ripe old age of 21. In order to preoccupy myself when I wasn’t working, I tried to come up with as many different “under 21” things to do as possible. Eventually the classics (Red Sox game, the Prudential, Museum of Science, walking through the Commons) either became too repetitive or too pricey. So I did some investigating and found a list of things to do that involve minimal money and a unique experience! (more…)
Culture shock is a topic I’m sure most study abroad advisers touched upon before the departure for the trip. But, what about the return home? Wait, we have to go through the whole culture shock thing…again? And, this time it’s in our own stomping grounds?
I’m not saying it happens to everyone, but my study abroad advisers warned us that the “reverse culture shock” when coming back home could be worse than the initial culture shock entering the foreign country. (more…)
Have you made the decision to study abroad or are you thinking about it? Studying abroad can be one of the most amazing experiences any student can have. Not only are you attending a different school, but you are going to get immersed in an entirely different culture than what you are used to. You make new friends from all over the world, and gain a great deal of knowledge about international politics, food, and daily life. (more…)
You’ve made it through all the applications, bought your tickets, and found out where you will be living and what you will be doing during your study abroad. But, what to bring?
Odds are your study abroad advisor told you to pack light, and they are absolutely right. You will be thanking them when you realize you’re sharing a room with two others in a tiny flat. At least, that was my experience during my semester in London.
So, here is a list of items that I used regularly while away that goes beyond the basics, which you may not have considered. (more…)
When visiting NYC, seeing a Broadway show is a must. Drinks, dinner, and a show; it’s all part of the Big Apple experience! But with ticket prices averaging $140 (for the cheapest seats in the house), it’s not the easiest thing for a college student to afford. Lucky for you, we have some tips on how to score tickets at a reasonable price. (more…)