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!
Hello! My name is Emilee Sullivan. I am a fourth-year student at the University of Oklahoma planning to graduate with a Spanish degree this spring before continuing my education in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. My plans were a little shaken up last fall when left nursing school and decided to change my major a week before my senior year began, but I’ve finally found what I love and it is the most wonderful adventure.