When you get home after studying abroad, people are naturally going to want to hear about it. Usually after a quick greeting, the conversation starts, “So how was it?!” While well-intentioned, I often felt this question was so broad and vague that I didn’t know where to start. I felt like most acquaintances just expected … More After Study Abroad: 16 Questions to ask instead of “How was it?!”
Studying abroad is a super cool, unique experience, so of course you’ll want to make sure you document it well. However, it’s pretty easy to come up with some big idea of how you’ll do so and then not follow through, so it’s important to pick a method that fits your personality and that you … More How to document your study abroad experience
Technology can be really helpful in making studying abroad a safer, less intimidating experience. Here’s some apps I used regularly during my time in Mexico: Whatsapp While not super common in the US, Whatsapp is very popular abroad. We had a group message in Whatsapp, and because it uses wifi and not a cell signal, … More 10 Helpful Apps for Studying Abroad
Technology can be super helpful and also super frustrating and annoying. Here are some tips based on my experience to hopefully help it work well for you while you’re abroad without any aggravating difficulties. There are 3 basic options for getting cell service while you’re abroad. Get an international plan–this is easiest in the sense … More 5 Tips for managing technology while abroad
Studying abroad is a great experience, but it’s also a big decision that can be intimidating. Here’s my advice on why it’s good to study abroad and when and how to do so. Why? There are many good reasons to study abroad. Here are three reasons that were important for me. 1. As a … More How to pick a study abroad program
In my first Why Mexico? post, I listed some more serious reasons why I’m glad I studied abroad in Mexico, but there are a lot of other less weighty reasons too. Here are some every-day-life examples of how fun and colorful life was 🙂 Sometimes class looks like doing art on a roof at sunset … More Why Mexico? 10 More Reasons
One of the initial challenges of studying abroad is figuring out how and what to pack in a limited amount of luggage for an extended period of time. I did fairly well packing what I needed (although it was helpful to be able to switch out some clothes when my family visited me halfway through … More 5 Study Abroad Packing Essentials
In choosing to study in Mexico, I didn’t go the typical study abroad route. In fact, in the 2015-16 school year, 54.4% of American students who studied abroad went to Europe while only 16.3% went to Latin America, according to NAFSA. For students wanting to study Spanish, options in Europe are fairly limited, and the … More Why Mexico?