August 8, 2014
You got accepted into your study abroad program! You’re excited and anxiously counting down the days until you can leave the good old U.S. of A. But it’s starting to settle in that you’re leaving America for four months, and you have no clue how to prepare. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered.
1. Pack light. Seriously. You aren’t going to enjoy lugging those heavy suitcases from the airport while fighting off jetlag. You also need room for all of the souvenirs you’re going to pick up along the way.
2. Bring along a money bag or belt. They might not be the most stylish accessories, but you won’t lose all your money and credit cards to a pickpocket.
3. Figure out how you’re going to contact people abroad. You can’t just waltz into a different country and expect your phone to work. Meet with your phone provider before you go and figure out the most cost-effective and convenient options for you. There are also texting apps for abroad, so you can communicate with friends on your phone over WiFi.
4. Exchange some of your money before you leave just in case of emergencies. Make sure to alert your bank that you’re going abroad or they will freeze your account. While you’re at it, find out if your bank will be charging fees at ATMs abroad.
5. If you’re going to a country that speaks a foreign language, learn some key phrases, like how to ask for directions, before you go.
6. Be open to new experiences! Living in another country isn’t a time to stay in your apartment or dorm. Don’t be afraid to go exploring. Try new food, especially if it’s something you normally wouldn’t eat.
And most of all, don’t forget to record all of your memories and experiences in your Roaring Spring Notebook! :)« View all Blog entries