Advice for Everyone Going Abroad Next Semester

This time last year, I was preparing to go to Italy for a semester. I was feeling so many emotions–fear, excitement, anticipation–and I was so ready to embark on a new adventure. In honor of that, here is my advice for everyone going abroad next semester.

  • You will be terrified, and that’s okay.
  • Bring more money than you think you’ll need.
  • Black clothes, especially in Europe, are a necessity.
  • Download the DuoLingo app if you aren’t a speaker of the language you’re about to immerse yourself in.
  • Spend a lot of time with family and friends before you go.
  • Make sure to buy a journal.
  • A good, sturdy purse or bag will be your best friend.
  • So will a good travel backpack.
  • Start booking side trips and adventures now–it’s a lot cheaper a few months in advance.
  • Don’t be afraid to stay in hostels.
  • Write down a list of goals for yourself now and hang it up in your room when you arrive.
  • Have a backup debit or credit card for emergencies.
  • Don’t bring a ton of clothes–you can buy some really cool ones during your semester abroad and use those to fill your suitcase on the way back.
  • Get ready to be pushed to your limits and grow in a new and unexpected way.
  • Accept the slowed-down pace of life outside of the states.
  • You’ll probably have a little FOMO when you’re over there because you miss your friends. But remember, you’re in another country, having the time of your life.
  • Breathe. Especially while you’re deciding what to pack.
  • Get ready to experience the best semester of your life!

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