9 Pros and Cons of Studying Abroad

Hi Hi my blog readers!!  About a two months ago I was given the opportunity to do an internship aboard. I enjoyed going to a new country so much, if given the chance I would love to do one again. Since returning home I’ve had a lot of time to ponder on my travels and thought about a few of the pros and cons with studying aboard; I thought I would share those . So here are 9 Pros and Cons of studying abroad.

Pros

1. Culture Shock

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Although I might have traveled to an English-speaking country the Culture shock was still amazing. From how things are run to how people get around the country. Little norms that you would expect to be the same weren’t. It’s a good way to really learn about the country that you are in. The best thing to do when going to another country is having an open mind. To them things that we  might do may seem weird or might make us stand out to them. I know for a fact my accent was the main thing that made me stick out from the locals but after a while it was a go with the flow through the rest of my trip

2. Experience

Studying aboard is an experience that you will never forget. It allows you to see the world from a different perspective and allow you to knock down a lot of stereotypes or views that you might have for another country. You get that first hand one on one experience that not a lot of people my have the benefit of being able to do. Heck you even get the chance to take courses that aren’t offered in your country that can really interest you.  After you’ve experienced this your mind will be put into a whole new meaning that will allow you to have a better understanding of how different parts of the world work and function.

3.Food

Glorious Food!!! You get to expand your taste buds to try new foods that you never would have thought to even try. You learn to love what the locals like and really enjoy it.  In my case I tried a food that was here in the states in another country….The other country won for that food. Of course you’ll be able to brag a little by letting your friend know all the different things that you tried. In the process you can convince them to try foods that were similar to the foods where you were studying, as the saying goes you’ll never know if you like it until you try it. I’m sure somebody is dying to know what the food taste like. Learn a few recipes while your there that way when you come back you can fix them at home. Doing this helps when you having a little withdraws from the country you stayed a abundance amount of time in and you’ll feel like your right back there.

4. Friendship

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With attending a new college means gaining new friends whether it be making friends in that country or making friends that are from the same country or program as you. These friendships will last a lifetime. You’ll be able to relate to those studying aboard and have a lot in common with them. This will be a unique experience that will allow you to really appreciate the friends that you have. Also if you looking to vacation somewhere along the line in the future what better place to go back to where you have made friendships in.

5. Learning a New Language 

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Who doesn’t love learning a new language! Being bilingual is awesome and it looks great on your resume when you go to apply for jobs. Learning a new language also challenges yourself and your mind to do more a lot  thinking and processing than the average person has to do. In a sense your, your own little super hero. Being able to talk to your new friends especially in their native tongue makes your really feel like your one of them and not some random person just studying abroad. You build new relationships over learning a new relationship whether it be at home or where your studying at.  Major plus is when you come back home everybody will be so amazed at you knowing another language. Having a feeling of pride about accomplishing something that you wanted to do will please you greatly.

Cons

6. Budgeting

Learning how to budget in a new country is so different from home. Especially when it comes to the currency exchange rate. You have to make sure that you not over spending and staying within the limit. I’m not saying that if you see something you like that you can’t get it, by all means get it! BUT the main thing is knowing if you’ll be okay after you get it. You don’t want to by a 100 dollar item and be stuck for the rest of the week wondering how in the world are you going to eat for the rest of the week. It’s about making sacrifices that you know will benefit you in the end. If you don’t figure out how to do it the right way you’ll be pushing out a lot more money than you hope to do so. Ask students that have been abroad how they budgeted or look up different things on the internet that tells you about really understanding how to budget.

7. Homesick

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The homesickness will come eventually whether it be days, weeks, or months from now it will settle in slowly. You will miss your friends and family back home. I can’t tell you how much I missed my mom it was ridiculous. I thought I totally got this I’ll be okay…nope!  She got a phone call and multiples texts all throughout the day, not that she really minded. Although I did become homesick I got a huge level of independence with being over there. If your starting to feel home sick try to make as many friends as you can, who knows you might even get adopted into a new family while your overseas. You’ll feel less and less of that huge feeling of homesickness.  But don’t forget while you meeting new people to keep in touch with your family to let them know all of your experiences that you are getting.

Pro and Con

8. and 9. Adapting to a new place

Adapting to a new place can be a pro and con depending on how you look at it from your perspective. It’s all about learning the new ways, improving your language skills, and handling the new university course load. All of these things are new and challenging.  It’s about whether you’re ready to  take the challenge and go head first or continue to struggle constantly. Challenging yourself should be your biggest motivation when it comes to adapting to a new environment, seeing what’s new out there for you in order to learn yourself. It might be rough in the beginning but in the end it will definitely be worth it in the end.

Well those are my thoughts on studying abroad. I hoped you liked them and that they will be very useful in the near future. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!!!

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United Kingdom Travel!

Hi my blog readers!!!! Traveling to the United Kingdom was a beautiful and crazy experience. It was non stop on the go the minute I got off the plane. I’m not really sure how much sleep I got but I know it was not enough haha. I was able to sneak one nap in though which was greatly needed. Being able to do the field experience in the UK was so amazing. Now while I was there the plan was to blog as much as I could but between getting minimum to no sleep and literally falling asleep while in the middle of drafting things didn’t go as planned lol. I don’t know why I didn’t think to just share pictures everyday like I was doing on every other social media sites….DUH JAZZ GREAT JOB!!!  But  I’m able to share my wonderful experience with you all now and pictures galore.  So let us begin!!!!

Opposites from the United States

From seeing the steering wheels, cars driving the streets, looking to the left instead of the right, and even walking on a different side! Everything was the completely opposite… our group looked like your average tourist with being so confused. HAHA! I was always joking with my group that once we get back to the States were going to get so confused about walking because we would have gotten so use to things over here. They all found it hilarious. Another thing that I noticed was that people are more reserved over here. Some are very open to talking to tourist and LOVE AMERICA just as we love the United Kingdom and are so happy to help, and then some aren’t so open. Maybe its a culture thing but you eventually learn to figure out the ropes. 9/10 the British are very helpful and can tell right away your American from our “Accents”  haha funny I know.

Walking in London

For the 10 days that I was there I saw and experienced  so much. I loved walking around and seeing the beautiful architecture around London, It’s such so wonderful t see a new country and learn about the culture from they’re prospective.  I finally sat down yesterday and learned that I had over 450 pictures of the different buildings that I have seen in UK. However My feet on the other hand was not prepared for the abundance amount of walking. It’s all worth it in the end.  When it comes to walking around the city make sure you have excellent walking shoes or good insoles whichever will come in handy the most for you. A lot of the places that you want to see have a bit of a distance from them.  My first day here I walked OVER 10 MILES! Can you believe that! Haha it was great!

Getting Around the city

The Underground Tubes are your best friend when it comes to getting around the city.  With our professor showing us the way the first few days it was massively confusing. But once she gave us all our trusty dandy maps and we really paid attention to the map we had it down back. Everything is sorted by color for the Tube lines. If you’re not that good with NSEW coordinates you will definitely  learn them in the UK. Now taking the Tube during rush hour….OMG! It is INSANE!! My classmates and I were almost separated because of how close people were and rushing to get on the tube.  OH! another thing everything it was so quite I was not expecting the quietness in the tubes. That’s how the British can sometimes tell it was a group of Americans on the Tube because 9/10 my group were the only ones doing the talking.

London Bridge Stop


Things to Bring to the UK
I wish I would have remembered to bring main key thing because it would have come in handy when my phone died, A portable charger. Trust me, because of all the pictures you will be taking during the trip your phone is bound to died somewhere along the line. A portable charger will save you in the greatest time of need. Another good back up also is a digital camera. My grandma purchased one for me a week before I left and I have used it so much. I took so many pictures on it and on my phone its crazy.  Portable charger and digital cameras are the way to go

Embrace the Inner Tourist

On Sunday my group was in full tourist mode! My advice to get the best view and  tour of the city is to do the Big Bus London Tour. You will cover so much ground that you wouldn’t even think of seeing on foot. My favorite thing to see was Big Ben, my excitement level was like a kid in a candy store. I took this one photo that looks so beautiful I promise I’ll share it once I get it off my camera you all have to see it. The London Eye was a bit challenging for me since I’m not a big fan of Ferris Wheels but I wind up enjoyed it so much. You get a great view of the city from so high off the ground. It goes really slow which is a good thing because it gives you time to really take in and see all of the beautiful things that the city has to offer. Taking a River tour on a boat gives you a chance to see things from ground level too . Guess who got to see the London Bridge and rode across it…THIS GIRL!!!! I also got to see the Castle that the Queen was in which was Windsor Castle. It’s said that if the flag is up the Queen is home and guess what…She was home!! Isn’t that cool!

London Bridge
Big Bus London

British Museum

If I have one great recommendation while in the UK it is definitely a visit to the British Museum! Plus its free so even more reason to go! They have so any beautiful sculptures and artifacts that I had no idea even existed. I was in there for two whole hours and I STILL didn’t wind up seeing everything. Every time I looked up it was some new room that ventured off into a new section of history, the clock room really caught my eye I took so many pictures. I was so not prepared. The building itself is a really beautiful place. If you get hungry while you’re in there there’s also a few food shops in there to get something to nibble on.

British Museum
Thalia, Muse of Comedy

Trying British Food

OMG I ate so much while I was there. I have no idea how much money I spent on food but I know it was a lot. The one thing that surprised me while I was there was McDonald’s… that’s right you heard me the McDonald’s. Normally in American the menu is up at the top right above the counter, not for the UK. I was standing there wondering where in the world is the menu with the prices and I just so happened to look to my right and behold there it was, threw me for the biggest loop of the century. I thought it was so adorable. They also had the touch screens to place your order through them, those only had a card machine.  Of course while I was there I had to have the famous Fish and Chips. Now before I left I had people warn me not to have my expectations to high about the Fish and Chips in the UK. I had heard so many stories of getting soggy Fish and Chips…still makes me cringe to this day listening to the stories, but the Fish and Chips I had from Sophie’s Steakhouse and Bar were so delicious!!!!! The fish was SO huge I couldn’t even finish the whole thing. So take it from me my readers….EAT THE FISH AND CHIPS!!!!

Fish and Chips
Vodka Daisy

Exploring by yourself

Now I’m all for the buddy systems and believe in it firmly. But I suggest just having one day to yourself for a few hours to just walk around and see what you might have missed in the group. Going to the British Museum was something I did on my own and I loved it so much. You discover a lot when it’s just you embracing the country and seeing what it has to offer. Although you might wonder off by yourself always be sure to check in with somebody especially in your group. Better to be safe than sorry while exploring a new country.

And that my bog readers is what I got from my UK travel! I loved it so much and hope to go back eventually if given the chance in the future. If you have the opportunity to go somewhere new I say go for it, you’ll never know what you’ll see or do. Going to the UK made me learn so much about myself as a person and I hope to always remember what I have learned. It was a life time experience that I hope to never forget as long as I live :). I’ll be sharing more about my Travels to the UK soon so be on the look out. Don’t hesitate to let me know how you felt about this posting or  if you’ve traveled to the UK before and how your experience was there, everything is welcome. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!!

United Kingdom Travel!

Hi my blog readers!!!! Traveling to the United Kingdom was a beautiful and crazy experience. It was non stop on the go the minute I got off the plane. I’m not really sure how much sleep I got but I know it was not enough haha. I was able to sneak one nap in though which was greatly needed. Being able to do the field experience in the UK was so amazing. Now while I was there the plan was to blog as much as I could but between getting minimum to no sleep and literally falling asleep while in the middle of drafting things didn’t go as planned lol. I don’t know why I didn’t think to just share pictures everyday like I was doing on every other social media sites….DUH JAZZ GREAT JOB!!!  But  I’m able to share my wonderful experience with you all now and pictures galore.  So let us begin!!!!

Opposites from the United States

From seeing the steering wheels, cars driving the streets, looking to the left instead of the right, and even walking on a different side! Everything was the completely opposite… our group looked like your average tourist with being so confused. HAHA! I was always joking with my group that once we get back to the States were going to get so confused about walking because we would have gotten so use to things over here. They all found it hilarious. Another thing that I noticed was that people are more reserved over here. Some are very open to talking to tourist and LOVE AMERICA just as we love the United Kingdom and are so happy to help, and then some aren’t so open. Maybe its a culture thing but you eventually learn to figure out the ropes. 9/10 the British are very helpful and can tell right away your American from our “Accents”  haha funny I know.

Walking in London

For the 10 days that I was there I saw and experienced  so much. I loved walking around and seeing the beautiful architecture around London, It’s such so wonderful t see a new country and learn about the culture from they’re prospective.  I finally sat down yesterday and learned that I had over 450 pictures of the different buildings that I have seen in UK. However My feet on the other hand was not prepared for the abundance amount of walking. It’s all worth it in the end.  When it comes to walking around the city make sure you have excellent walking shoes or good insoles whichever will come in handy the most for you. A lot of the places that you want to see have a bit of a distance from them.  My first day here I walked OVER 10 MILES! Can you believe that! Haha it was great!

Getting Around the city

The Underground Tubes are your best friend when it comes to getting around the city.  With our professor showing us the way the first few days it was massively confusing. But once she gave us all our trusty dandy maps and we really paid attention to the map we had it down back. Everything is sorted by color for the Tube lines. If you’re not that good with NSEW coordinates you will definitely  learn them in the UK. Now taking the Tube during rush hour….OMG! It is INSANE!! My classmates and I were almost separated because of how close people were and rushing to get on the tube.  OH! another thing everything it was so quite I was not expecting the quietness in the tubes. That’s how the British can sometimes tell it was a group of Americans on the Tube because 9/10 my group were the only ones doing the talking.

London Bridge Stop


Things to Bring to the UK
I wish I would have remembered to bring main key thing because it would have come in handy when my phone died, A portable charger. Trust me, because of all the pictures you will be taking during the trip your phone is bound to died somewhere along the line. A portable charger will save you in the greatest time of need. Another good back up also is a digital camera. My grandma purchased one for me a week before I left and I have used it so much. I took so many pictures on it and on my phone its crazy.  Portable charger and digital cameras are the way to go

Embrace the Inner Tourist

On Sunday my group was in full tourist mode! My advice to get the best view and  tour of the city is to do the Big Bus London Tour. You will cover so much ground that you wouldn’t even think of seeing on foot. My favorite thing to see was Big Ben, my excitement level was like a kid in a candy store. I took this one photo that looks so beautiful I promise I’ll share it once I get it off my camera you all have to see it. The London Eye was a bit challenging for me since I’m not a big fan of Ferris Wheels but I wind up enjoyed it so much. You get a great view of the city from so high off the ground. It goes really slow which is a good thing because it gives you time to really take in and see all of the beautiful things that the city has to offer. Taking a River tour on a boat gives you a chance to see things from ground level too . Guess who got to see the London Bridge and rode across it…THIS GIRL!!!! I also got to see the Castle that the Queen was in which was Windsor Castle. It’s said that if the flag is up the Queen is home and guess what…She was home!! Isn’t that cool!

London Bridge
Big Bus London

British Museum

If I have one great recommendation while in the UK it is definitely a visit to the British Museum! Plus its free so even more reason to go! They have so any beautiful sculptures and artifacts that I had no idea even existed. I was in there for two whole hours and I STILL didn’t wind up seeing everything. Every time I looked up it was some new room that ventured off into a new section of history, the clock room really caught my eye I took so many pictures. I was so not prepared. The building itself is a really beautiful place. If you get hungry while you’re in there there’s also a few food shops in there to get something to nibble on.

British Museum
Thalia, Muse of Comedy

Trying British Food

OMG I ate so much while I was there. I have no idea how much money I spent on food but I know it was a lot. The one thing that surprised me while I was there was McDonald’s… that’s right you heard me the McDonald’s. Normally in American the menu is up at the top right above the counter, not for the UK. I was standing there wondering where in the world is the menu with the prices and I just so happened to look to my right and behold there it was, threw me for the biggest loop of the century. I thought it was so adorable. They also had the touch screens to place your order through them, those only had a card machine.  Of course while I was there I had to have the famous Fish and Chips. Now before I left I had people warn me not to have my expectations to high about the Fish and Chips in the UK. I had heard so many stories of getting soggy Fish and Chips…still makes me cringe to this day listening to the stories, but the Fish and Chips I had from Sophie’s Steakhouse and Bar were so delicious!!!!! The fish was SO huge I couldn’t even finish the whole thing. So take it from me my readers….EAT THE FISH AND CHIPS!!!!

Fish and Chips
Vodka Daisy

Exploring by yourself

Now I’m all for the buddy systems and believe in it firmly. But I suggest just having one day to yourself for a few hours to just walk around and see what you might have missed in the group. Going to the British Museum was something I did on my own and I loved it so much. You discover a lot when it’s just you embracing the country and seeing what it has to offer. Although you might wonder off by yourself always be sure to check in with somebody especially in your group. Better to be safe than sorry while exploring a new country.

And that my bog readers is what I got from my UK travel! I loved it so much and hope to go back eventually if given the chance in the future. If you have the opportunity to go somewhere new I say go for it, you’ll never know what you’ll see or do. Going to the UK made me learn so much about myself as a person and I hope to always remember what I have learned. It was a life time experience that I hope to never forget as long as I live :). I’ll be sharing more about my Travels to the UK soon so be on the look out. Don’t hesitate to let me know how you felt about this posting or  if you’ve traveled to the UK before and how your experience was there, everything is welcome. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!!