I just wanted to bring you up to date about my studying abroad. This past Friday, December 5th, I had my study abroad orientation. Because I have not had the time to think about this journey I am about to take, this orientation was helpful in many ways.
We started our orientation as a large group. There were about 100-150 students present, plus parents and others of student’s support groups that were there. The large group orientation was helpful to an extent, but I feel as if I got most of my information from the two break out sessions that we were able to attend.
My first break out session was for my cosponsor college, Arcadia University. There were about 20 students in that break out session. I learned about what life may be like in Europe, as well as about the support system that we will have while abroad. Most of the students in the college break out session were either going to Italy or Ireland. It was great to get some information from an actual representative from the college we are going to study abroad through.
The second break out session was decided by country we were studying in, therefore I went to the Ireland/N. Ireland session. This was essentially a panel of three students who studied abroad in previous semesters in three different schools in Ireland or Northern Ireland. It was here that I receive some of the most valuable information, such as what to pack, what to do, and where to eat. I also learned that the rain boots in Ireland are better than the rain boots in the US. Expect me to come home with a cute pair!
Orientation allowed me to take time out of my schedule to finally think about studying abroad. I have been crazy busy lately, but this has put my experience ahead into perspective. I am starting to get excited to go, but with excitement comes nerves and stress. Let me get through this semester (another 6 days) and then I can tell you how excited/nervous/stressed I really am.
Until next time…