Looking back – Study Abroad Tips

Looking back – Study Abroad Tips

I feel old. Seven years have already flown by since I studied abroad during my junior year at University of Denver. In my mind, it feels like yesterday that I got lost arrived on campus in Aix-en-Provence, France. Now my journey has come full circle – the chance to share some ‘wisdom’ and a business I’ve launched because of that important semester. So here we go….7 Tips for Study Abroad 7 Years Later: 1. Soak up Every Single Second The summer before I left my aunt sent me an email saying, ‘what I wouldn’t give to sit in a French café and do nothing but read for hours on end.’ Weird, I thought. But now I understand how time just seems to stop in those cafes yet real life is too busy for a 30-minute lunch. 2. Step outside your comfort zone. Then take two more steps. The best times I had were the adventures that made me a bit nervous. And I can’t remember a single Skype session with friends from home, nor do I wish I’d spent more time using wifi. Get off your computer and into the world. 3. Buy a local flag. I can’t take credit for this idea, but it’s priceless. Buy a flag from your city or local soccer club and have all your friends from your program sign it. Last night of the semester, everyone can jot down a note or memory. 4. Follow your heart. Americans tend to be very logical or follow the rules. Your semester abroad is a great time to live it up and roam free. Buy that... read more