I can honestly say that my experience abroad has secured friends and memories that will stay with me forever. I went to London last semester knowing only a handful of people, yet I returned home with many great new friends. Even if you do not know anyone else who will be venturing to a new place with you, it is still worth going. Everyone in your program is as nervous and scared as you are. You will make friends abroad quicker than you ever thought possible. It is important to be friendly and open. Not only will you make friends, but you will connect and bond with these people while adjusting to your new surroundings, exploring new places and traveling.
Traveling is a huge aspect of going abroad. Since I was in London, it was easy to travel to nearby countries, such as Spain, France and Italy. Before leaving for London, I would absolutely encourage you to save up money. Travel is not as inexpensive as people make it out to be, and you do not want to miss out on the opportunity, since most of us probably will not have the same chances in the near future. Also, depending on where you go, the exchange rate can really put a dent in your funds, so keep that in mind!
Since I have touched upon the topic of travel, I feel that it is necessary to mention that when packing, you should absolutely bring an outfit for every kind of weather. Who knows, you could find yourself traveling to some tropical beach or some snowy escape. It is important to bring a bag with you that is the appropriate travel size because most airlines are very strict and will charge extra for oversized luggage. Travel-sized containers are also very good to have and save you money.
Most of all, it is important to be open to new people and experiences. You are presented with many crazy opportunities abroad, so if you are lucky enough to get the chance to go, please take it. You just have to dive right in and make the best of what you have, and I can promise you that you will not be disappointed.
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