4 Ways to Make the Most of your Study Abroad

My time spent abroad in the Czech Republic has been an experience that I will never forget. Here are four ways that to make your study abroad one that you will always  remember. Enjoy!

1. Be Open Minded
You are in a foreign country with foreign customs, foods, and ways of life. Will you look at these new realities with fear or excitement? If you face this situation with fear, you will probably despise your study abroad experience. However, if you face it with excitement and interest, then the experience could very well be the best one of your life. Things will no doubt be different from what you are used to, but with the right mindset you can walk away appreciating those differences. Be open minded while abroad because you never know where it will lead you.20180927_200843
A hockey game in the Czech Republic is always a good idea.

2. Become Social
At your home university are you a social butterfly or the type to keep to yourself? However social you see yourself as at home cast it aside and focus on the here and now. You came abroad to have new experiences, but where do those new experiences start? That’s right. With new people. By meeting new people you will learn about different cultures, have others to survive the semester with, as well as have others to travel with. The more people you meet the more you will enjoy your time abroad. Put yourself out there, meet new people, and let the adventure begin!20180911_160637
Study abroad allows you to meet people from all over the world.

3. Get to Know Your Host Culture
Getting to know the host culture of the country you are studying abroad is an essential part of your experience. It can help you to view your everyday surroundings with admiration rather than disdain. The more time you spend actively learning about your host country’s culture and appreciating it, the less time you will spend desiring to leave it. You chose this country for a reason, now it’s time to back that reason up by gathering some new and fascinating knowledge. Take advantage of your surroundings and learn to appreciate them, you won’t regret it. 20181020_161331
Beer is a major part of life in the Czech Republic; It is cheap and each one is unique!

4. Remember Why You are Here
We all embarked on our study abroad journeys with different goals and aspirations. Maybe you came here to get to know the culture? Or maybe you came here just to party? Did you come mostly for studies? How about to travel to the surrounding countries? Whatever your reasoning for studying abroad was, make sure you give it some good thought while you are actually here. Our motives for coming to these foreign countries should hold much importance to us because they are what brought us here in the first place. You may also discover new reasons to why you are happy you came abroad as well. These are great. Hold on to them. By the end of your study abroad experience you should be able to reflect on why you came abroad and speak of how that changed as the semester progressed. You will be surprised by the things that became most valuable to you by the conclusion of your time abroad. Studying abroad will challenge you in many ways but keeping in mind why you came here will help you to keep your focus on the important things. 20181002_124524
We all came abroad for different reasons. What are yours?