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How to Prepare to Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the best times in a student’s life. It gives you an opportunity to explore new places, try new foods, and experience new cultures. Many people see study abroad courses as trans-formative experiences that change the way that you view the world. However, there is much to think about and plan before getting up and moving to a different country for a semester, a year, or any extended time. Here are four important things to do and figure out before going abroad.

Prepare Proper Identification

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When traveling to another country you will likely need a passport. If you do not already have one, obtaining one can be a semi long process. It is important to think ahead and get your passport sorted out before it is too late. It is important while overseas to keep your passport and identification stored in a safe place. Losing your ID or passport can create massive problems while abroad.

Sort Out Your Money

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You will likely need a different currency when traveling abroad. It is necessary to either change your currency to the local one, or to find a credit or debit card that works overseas and has minimal charges that you can use. Airports tend to be an expensive place to exchange currency so seek out alternative places such as some banks.

Phone Plans

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Figuring out a phone plan is important for study abroad programs, as using a domestic phone overseas can really run up your telephone bill. Different carriers have different options and it is important to look through each one and figure out which one is the most cost efficient and works the best for you.

Safety Protocol

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It is important to be safe overseas as you will be in a place that is unfamiliar to you and will likely not have as much family and friends nearby to lean on if you need help. It is important to create a safety plan to ensure that you will be safe and able to enjoy your study abroad to the fullest!

Comment below with your study abroad tips and experiences!

Road Trip Recipe

If you have a long enough break, taking a road trip for a few days or even a week can be a great way to spend your time, see friends and experience new and different places! Here’s a few key ingredients to make a successful road trip:
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1. A Car– kind of a must have! Recruit a group of 4 – 5 friends and see if someone has a car. Make sure everyone is willing to chip in for gas. If none of your friends have a car, check out Zipcar and have everyone pitch in for that. If all else fails, bus it!
2. Friends– 3-5 is an ideal number for car fitting and driving rotations. Friends make every trip more fun and exciting!
3. 1 Pillow per Person– Necessary for the mid-drive nap and for the mid-drive fight! Also makes any car more comfortable.
4. Small Front Seat “Carry-On”– For phones, chargers, cameras and snacks. Maybe a book. Not larger than a small drawstring bag for most space and comfort of travel.
5. Sweatshirts– For differences in driver/passengers temperature preferences and for the quick run to the bathroom at the rest stop!
6. A Plan– Don’t just start to drive, know approximately where you are going to and about when you’ll get there (days-wise) in case of emergency, and so that you can research cool things to do once you get to where you are going!
Have fun and be safe!

5 Tips for Making and Keeping Resolutions

The New Year is here and it’s time to make resolutions and check if you’ve stuck to yours for the past year. It’s an exciting time where you can reflect on the past year and look forward to what next year has to offer! Here are some tips for making and keeping your resolutions for the upcoming year.

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1. Be Specific

You are more likely to stick to your resolutions if they are more distinct and less general. For example, instead of saying that you want to exercise more, say that you will go for an hour run three times a week. Or for example, if you would like to read more this year, make it your resolution to read a book each month.

2. Series of Steps

Establish exactly what you will do to reach that eventual goal. Think about smaller steps that lead to success. Writing them out will help you remember them through the process. Try hanging your list somewhere that is visible to you each day. It will be a reminder of the small steps you can take throughout the day to help you reach your goals.

3. Be Realistic

Set a goal that is attainable for you personally and remember, what may be plausible for someone else might not be for your lifestyle. Reflect on what you have been able to accomplish in the past. If you set a goal that was unattainable in the past, try altering it or sizing it down a bit to make it more realistic. Set yourself up for success.

4. Believe in Yourself

Have a positive mind set even though it might get difficult during the process of reaching your goal. You are more likely to accomplish a goal if you have confidence in yourself. Seek out inspiring and motivating messages and when you find ones that speak to you, bookmark them or print them out. Reread them when you’re having a hard time motivating yourself.

5. Don’t Give Up

If you slip up and mess up on your goal, do not completely give up on it. If you’re having a hard day, take a deep breathe, go to sleep and restart the next day. Don’t throw away your hard work and diligence over one slip-up or bad day.

Happy New Year!