From home stay families and roommates to new academic environments and adjusting to life in a different country, IES Abroad Correspondents offer their experiences to help you learn what to expect while studying abroad.
We’re excited to introduce our 45 Fall 2018 Correspondents who will be sharing their authentic voices on IES Abroad Blogs through their writing, photography, video, and other creative projects.
Before their flights depart, our Correspondents have been sharing their expectations, uncertainties, and excitement in preparing to study abroad.
“Being comfortable is a great feeling. We're lucky if we can go around and be comfortable in the places that are a part of our lives. However, I also think that comfortability can be a double-edged sword. While looking back at my life, the moments that have shaped me the most have been uncomfortable…Now I'm counting down to this new adventure. I'm so excited to be a part of something bigger and have an experience that I'll never forget.”
From My Journey to the Final Countdown by Charles Hamer (IES Abroad Buenos Aires – Latin American Societies & Cultures | St. Olaf College)
“We are about to embark on something miraculous and life changing. We are about to take part in experiences that will aid in a lifetime of growth and knowledge, and while it is easy to get caught up in the packing and unpacking for this grand adventure, I have a feeling that long after we have returned from our journeys, it will not make a difference whether we wore the same outfit every week. What is going to matter is how we spent our time, with who, and if we were truly enjoying it.”
From The Road of Packing Stress Leads to Self-Realization... & New Zealand by Bella Santana (IES Abroad Christchurch Direct Enrollment – University of Canterbury | Indiana University)
“In preparing for this study abroad experience, I have often been reminded the words of Mark Twain: ‘travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.’ The more I see, the more I realize how insignificant I am. I have no doubt that this journey will only further cement this reality into my mind.”
From Opening Eyes to the World by Joshua Adams (IES Abroad European Union | Wofford College)