Monday, January 6, 2014

8 days until I leave for London...again

Whoopsie...I messed up.

So, actually today I have 8 more days until I leave. I guess I was just excited...a little too excited.

I think now is a good time for me to take a step back and look at what I have accomplished this past semester!

Last year, I made this post about how to make study abroad happen! In all honesty, this year was almost exactly the same.

Here are a few of the minor differences:

1) I did a program provided by my school rather than an outside provider! I thought this was going to make the process a lot easier...but it really didn't change much.

2) I had to save up wayyyyyyy more money this time! There are three reasons for that. First, I had less time to save up because less than a year ago I was in Rome making no money. Second, London is extremely expensive (the pound is worth more than the dollar and the euro). Third, I want to do a lot while in London and that adds up.

3) I made less lists than last time! I still had weekly to do lists but that is a step in the right direction, last year I made daily ones! And honestly, I felt more relaxed (my study abroad counselor may not agree after receiving all my emails during the semester but ah well! haha).

All in all, the process was the same but I was different! I felt more comfortable, confident, and in control than last time.

So now that I have done the entire pre departure process twice, my biggest advice is just to be confident!! People at the study abroad office, financial aid office, etc. are paid to help you! Don't apologize for asking questions or sending emails. Don't be afraid to correct them when they make a mistake...they probably deal with over a hundred students a day in some form or another and they can't remember every detail about your study abroad experience like you can. Lastly, don't be afraid to go for what you want! Your experience abroad can be anything you want it to be as long as you just got for it and have no reservations!

1 comment:

  1. Woohoo that's great!! I did study abroad too, and it's always so much fun! :)