Don’t Put Off These Four Study Abroad Preparations

Please, please, for the love of all things traveling -- if you ever decide to study abroad, start your pre-departure preparations as early as possible.

As I'm now ten days from flying out to England, you'd think I'd be putting the finishing touches on everything. However, I can confidently tell you that I am nowhere near ready to leave.

Looking back on the last three months, here are four things that I wish I would've gotten settled earlier -- and my tips on how to avoid my mistakes yourself.

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How I Went from Small Town Living to Studying Abroad

My hometown definitely isn't the biggest place you'll ever visit.

I spent most of my childhood in one of three places -- the swing set in my backyard, the church, or the school (on top of normal hours because I'm a teacher's kid). Our summer trips to Myrtle Beach or Dollywood in Tennessee were my definition of traveling.

So how did I get to the point I am today -- a week and a half away from studying abroad?


My Top 5 Goals for Study Abroad

"What are you going to be doing while you're abroad?"

For the past couple months, my only response to this question has been something like "just taking some classes for my major and hopefully traveling some." Well -- newsflash to myself -- that's kind of the definition of study abroad, so I haven't really been telling anyone anything.

After reading a ton of other study abroad blogs and scrolling through dozens of Instagram profiles, I've put together this list of the Top 5 things I want accomplish while abroad.