“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”—"One Writer’s Beginnings", Eudora Welty (via travel-quotes)
I’m gonna take these next two posts to talk a bit about culture shock. This is the time of year that people have been accepted to and are beginning to prepare for study abroad. Most programs will include some sort of discussion about the «roller coaster of culture shock», but in case yours doesn’t…
This is really excellent advice.
"Like it or not, how you deal with this process will determine whether or not you have a good year. Everyone will experience it. Symptoms include: sleep troubles (of a wide variety), exhaustion, headaches, irritability, general depression and loss of appetite. The worse your culture shock is, the worse these will be, so it’s important to recognize and monitor yourself because here’s the thing, The Pits is a great gaping bog of a place. It can suck you down and hold you there all year long. Am I scaring you? Good. Now you’ll be paying attention for the next section."
“A traveler moves among real people in their own milieu and learns from them, soaking up their wisdom and philosophy, their way of being in the world. A tourist simply hops from one tourist highpoint to another, skimming across the surface, cramming in quantity rather than quality, and comes away with his soul and imagination unchanged, untouched by the wonder of a life lived differently.”—
Hello, amigos! El soy quando agunto! Ella balloona balunga espanyo! Did that sound Spanish to you? I bet that means something. And guess what? I’ve never had one lesson. It’s just that I have a natural gift for Spanish. I was able to pick it up all by myself, “outside the system,” if you will.
Since so many of you are traveling abroad or within the country for the summer, tons of you have been writing me and asking what to pack. So here you go – my guide to the essentials you’ll need to bring for fabulous a summer abroad or wherever you happen to be going.
Becky Miller, a 21-year old geography major from Louisville, Kentucky, was scheduled to spend three months in San Jose studying Spanish as a student with Veritas University. Her plans are now very much in doubt after she blew most of her savings in central California on San Jose Shark hockey games and visiting the Winchester Mystery Mansion.
March 18 is NAFSAAdvocacy Day, where international educators visit Washington DC to talk to House and Senate staffers about the value of international education. Maybe they will be visiting the offices of…
Representative Terri Sewell (Alabama) who studied in the United Kingdom
“The essence of the tourist adventure is exhibited in the contours of the excitements that it provides. And these contours are best inferred from the stories that are told and re-told with animation to relatives, friends and colleagues at home. It is virtually never what has been seen that is recounted with enthusiasm. When the sites are described it is in the form of ritualized cliches: the Eiffel Tower really is a wonder—we went up it, and you get such a nice view. It is rather the personal moments of the tour, moments of near-crisis, that in retrospect were exciting: when one of the suitcases failed to arrive off the luggage chute at Frankfort Airport. Touring itself has been turned into a routine, restricting adventure to those moments when routine breaks down.”—Sceptical Sociology (ch. 8), John Carroll
Studying abroad is a major life experience for most students; it can be daunting to leave home, leave friends, and your life to study in a foreign country. For those with special dietary needs, the challenge can be that much more intimidating. And while it is certainly a challenge to work around dietary needs, it can and has been done many times before. So if you are concerned about your dietary restrictions abroad, whether they are a lifestyle choice, allergy complications, or a religious restriction, there are ways around these challenges while abroad.