So you’ve chosen to study abroad and you’ve been accepted. Now what? Don’t think that just because you’ve signed up that everything else will fall in place and you will have a great semester. You have to put an effort in to make the most of your study abroad experience!
I’ve put together some steps for the study abroad novice to follow to ensure you have the time of your life!
Kelly Lewis and Go! Girl Guides
Abroad101′s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!
1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?
My name is Kelly Lewis, and my blog, Go! Girl Guides, is dedicated to empowering women to travel the world. To do this, we have started the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made just for women. We focus on safety, affordability and being awesome.
Study Abroad Overshare Disorder (SAOD): An Epidemic & A Cure
Returning study abroad students find new treatment for isolating, widespread condition
BOSTON, MA, August 11, 2011 – Depression. Isolation. Dwindling Facebook friendships. Slow motion, contemplative walks along the ocean. These symptoms are nothing short of a nightmare to today’s college student. However, unfortunately, increasing numbers of returning study abroad students are experiencing a mystifying condition that, until recently, lacked empirical evidence.
This condition has been labeled as Study Abroad Overshare Disorder (SAOD). Researchers from the UAIEEH (Unofficial Association of International Educators for Emotional Health) “guestimate” that SAOD afflicts 1 in 3 post-abroad students, likely even more given the under-reported and stigmatized nature of the condition.
After several years of intensive research involving bubbling test tubes, pensive facial expressions, and an insisted repeat track of epic, motivational music, the UAIEEH team has uncovered a monumental treatment with an unprecedented success rate, and minimal side effects.
More details around this new treatment, along with an acclaimed Public Service Announcement video, can be found at: www.StudyAbroadOvershareDisorder.com.
Kamaria Gboro is the newest member to the gtrot community team. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri and manages gtrot’s social media accounts. She loves fashion, cupcakes and technology. Connect with her on gtrot’s Facebook or Twitter. Follow her @kamariagboro.
Studying abroad automatically puts you in the globetrotting category! gtrot (short for globetrotting), is a social travel site that encourages sharing your trips with friends and finding friends in your destination. You login with Facebook (we don’t bite or spam) and we take the data you’ve provided to Facebook as a basis for your profile. gtrot is perfect for student travelers! It gives students a chance to share their trips with their family and friends. Most of us have more friends on Facebook than in our immediate friendship circles. Once you share your trip with your Facebook friends, they can offer advice. What’s great about this is that you get advice and recommendations from the people you know and trust, rather than complete strangers from travel review sites. Continue reading
Now we all know that no one wants to worry about their parents while venturing through ancient cities in Europe or swimming in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, but lets be honest, they still exist even if they aren’t on the same continent. We’ve all been there; mom or dad hands you a couple of extra calling cards before you’re about to jump on the plane just to make sure you have ample resources to call home at every possible chance you get. While this may be a bit overboard, we have developed a quick “How to Survive Parents While Abroad” guide to help you enjoy your time overseas while also keeping your parents happily informed!
WE. ARE. OBSESSED. WITH. THESE. VIDEOS!
“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..= a trip of a lifetime.”
I recently stumbled across a newly formed website called ‘Where I’ve Been,’ and was surprised to find that a lot of my friends were already on it! The site was just created in 2010 and already has 9.7 million members! If you’ve never heard of it, it’s simply a great way to record and share your travels with others. And when I say simply, I do mean that it is extremely simple to use. ‘Where I’ve Been’ automatically connects you with your Facebook account, making it easy to locate your friends and fill in your personal and travel information. The whole site is awesome (and FREE), but here are the some of the features that I found especially worthwhile! Continue reading