I was recently asked to write a bit about my study abroad experience this past summer, so I thought that with the Study Abroad Fair coming up on Wednesday, this would be a good time to do so. As I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you, I reflected on my days as a high school student hoping to study abroad in college. At that time, sitting nervously in some university’s Q&A session, all I wanted to do was go beyond the face of things, and really get to know what it meant to study abroad. I wanted to know more than what was offered by pamphlets and information sessions. How could I get involved with a study abroad program? How would I choose where I wanted to go? How would I pay? What were study abroad experiences really like, beyond the selected reports from students and faculty members in the study abroad brochures? Just..."how," beyond the basic facts offered by university representatives or student tour guides.
Remembering all of these questions I once had, I thought that it might be useful for you if I described my personal study abroad experience on this blog. To this end, I have decided to break down my trip into several posts chock full of information, pictures, and advice. I’ll share a little bit about how I selected, prepared for, and anticipated my trip, and then what actually happened, and finally, how I felt upon return. If, at any point, you have questions about something I mention (or don't talk about), please leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them! What do you think? Would that be helpful?
I’ll start posting about this on Wednesday, and will try to post once a week on this topic, so keep checking in to learn more~
Day one of my trip: Goodbye, Blue Ridge Mountains!