5 Final Tips to Pack for Study Abroad

It’s January, which means that many college juniors find themselves ready to embark on a whirlwind adventure. Whether you’re packing for 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months or a year, here are some tips to help you pack for your new life! 1. Pack all medications you’ll need for your stay This includes any over the counter…

Victoria’s Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

If you’re like me, packing is the bane of your existence. So when it came time for me to pack for my 6 month study abroad trip, I had a nightmare of a time fitting my whole life in one suitcase. In the end, I packed one suitcase and two carry-ons, and ended up buying one…

Nostalgia: Study Abroad

Live with the thirst you had when you studied abroad because life is too short to not make every single moment count. I’m over two years out from my study abroad experience, and everyday I miss the feeling of having Europe at my fingertips.The cafes sprinkled under tree lined streets and bars in open playful…

5 Telltale Signs You Studied Abroad

…Some days your heart will hurt and you will reminisce with special memories dancing around your head…. Every weekend, you crave something new. Oh you want to go to the park this weekend? How about Paris? Or Peru? Maybe Pennsylvania? When you only have a short semester to fit in visits to a new continent,…

Abroad Series Part 5: Those “Ah-ha” Moments­

“For sunset we decided to go back to the first lookout point, and watch the sunset over the Danube. The sunset changed the colors of the river and the buildings and it was absolutely breathtaking to watch the old city and its buildings light up, one by one. Once the sun had set, we traveled…

Reflections on Study Abroad: You Will Learn

When you study abroad, you will be challenged in every way. Everything will be new to you. You won’t understand the language, or the culture, or the people at first. You will probably get lost navigating the metro or bus system… or even the supermarket. You will be challenged, thrown in head first and, by…

When you get sick abroad…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about traveling, it’s that it does a number on your body. From sleeping in crowded hostel rooms with strangers sniffling and coughing through the night, to not sleeping at all, your immune system goes on overdrive. And sometimes it just can’t keep up. However, being sick abroad doesn’t have…

Abroad Series Part 4: Floundering in Florence

If there’s anything that traveling around Firenze and Roma taught me it’s that: 1) Always check hostel ratings because sometimes you think you’ll get a good deal, but then you show up and realize the only thing you could possibly get is bed bugs and then freak out because you have no where to sleep…

5 Lessons You Learn After You Study Abroad

It has now been over year since I left Barcelona, one of the most beautiful, charming, and magical cities on the planet. In the year that I’ve been back home (and saving money furiously to return back), I’ve been able to really consolidate my personal, emotional and intellectual growth into 5 major lessons I learned…

Why Not? Take a Crazy Chance.

For those of you Lizzie McGuire lovers out there, you will know that this is the beginning of the chorus of a fantastic number from The Lizzie McGuire Movie. During my entire study abroad experience (and also the week I was in Rome), this was my anthem for life. The song goes on to say,…

The hardest part about studying abroad: Returning home

A lot of people talk about how hard it is to move, go abroad and leave your home. And of course, it is difficult. But people focus so much moving abroad, they never really focus on how hard it is to return home, after a crazy, life changing trip or living experience in a different culture. And that’s…

Saying Goodbye to the Good Times: Abroad Series Part 3

So as I am writing this I am sitting on my balcony for the last time and our landlady is checking our apartment for everything before we leave for the last time. It seems so strange that it’s already been a little over five months in this apartment and that we now have to leave…