A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be

During college, I studied abroad in Spain during my junior spring semester. I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience, and therefore I should take advantage of every opportunity given to me, including living with a host family. While this was a daunting and almost scary idea—living with people I never met who didn’t speak English—I knew that I probably would never have this opportunity again. And so I checked the box in my application requesting a family homestay. Continue reading “A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be”

Mistakes Most Test Takers Continue to Make in Preparing for Exams

Students seek the magic answer when it comes to preparing for exams. Most students do not realize that they already have the necessary techniques. When preparing for exams, students often lack the motivation and expertise to stay organized. As students become disorganized and unprepared, several significant mistakes happen to sacrifice their grades. Continue reading “Mistakes Most Test Takers Continue to Make in Preparing for Exams”

Most Strategic Ways to Accelerate Your Study Abroad Skills

Whether it is midterm exams or a brief quiz, you know to prepare your mindset to do well. Although most students feel cramming for an exam is ideal in certain circumstances, you might want to think twice.

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On the Lookout for Kafka in Prague

A man wakes up horrified to discover that he’s been transformed into an enormous insect – a burden to his family, a freak to the civilized world. Sound familiar? Whether you’ve read “The Metamorphosis” or not, you’ve probably been touch by material that’s
referenced this famous work by Franz Kafka. A Czech author whose work tends to lean towards the darkly surrealist, many know of his novels, but not all recognize how omnipresent he is in the nation’s capital where he was born.  Continue reading “On the Lookout for Kafka in Prague”

Actionable Ways to Rock Your Study Skills

Study skills may come easy for some students. However, for those students that struggle to keep up with term papers, discussions, projects, and all other tasks during a study abroad program is overwhelming. Perhaps, you have tried a system of study skills. Does the feeling of achievement leave you empty? It might be time to evaluate your study skills method. What new strategies help you take action to build concise study skills?
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Life-Changing Ways to Prepare for College Standardized Exams

Do you ever feel the pressure of college standardized testing the same as a ton of bricks piling on top of you? Most students sense this way as they prepare for a new journey to school or study abroad.

Besides students feeling overwhelmed, they often lack direction how to plan for standardized testing. Here are some useful tips to keep you on track with your studies and sanity.

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Language Brain

Studying a new language can be tiring, and if you’re studying abroad and immersing yourself in a new language and culture, your days can be exhausting. I studied in Spain. I remember my first day listening to and speaking in Spanish, with no English breaks. I walked home that evening and my brain felt like a bowl of mashed potatoes. While learning a new language can be exhausting, it is one of the best things we can do for the health of our brains, not matter the age. Learning new things strengthens our brains, and the more you learn, the stronger and more connected the parts of your brain will become. Continue reading “Language Brain”

The Travel Panhandling Pandemic

Last year, I had the opportunity to go to Southeast Asia. 30 exciting days in Thailand. This country is a true gem of cultural brilliance. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and the weather is fantastic. I remember flipping through the channels on the television and came upon a program talking about travelers. I was completely invested, as I am a traveler that loves everything about the traveling culture. Continue reading “The Travel Panhandling Pandemic”

Building Leadership Skills During a Study Abroad Program

As you continue your studies, you often encounter roadblocks that deter you from your purpose. What are ways to motivate you to bring you back to your original mission? Taking on the approach to complete your study abroad program is a journey of a lifetime. The idea of studying abroad in fascinating places around the world is only a possibility to those that dream big. Besides you want to prosper and envision your future in the profession, you want to pursue. Enlighten your dreams by envisioning your path to success as stepping stones of skills you need to learn.

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Shifting Attitude to Gratitude

Junior year has been just as strenuous and time-consuming as everyone said it would be. From the first week of school, I found myself completely overwhelmed with my AP classes, ACT prep, the school newspaper and cross country. Before I could catch my breath from one busy day, the next one started. All the pressure I was feeling left me feeling depleted. I realized I needed to shift how I was thinking about all my work, in the hope it would shift how I felt. Continue reading “Shifting Attitude to Gratitude”