Studying Abroad

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I’ll start out by saying that my experience studying abroad may be different than some. As a student at Miami University, I decided to participate in the Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) program located in Luxembourg. Being located in Luxembourg, I was able to travel to six other countries during the semester, usually on weekend trips. If you’re studying in a larger country such as Spain or France, you may have more central experiences than my own. But here are some general tips, on how to get the most out of your study abroad experience!.

Okay, I know this seems a bit pessimistic at first. But when you’re traveling in a different country and in an environment that you’re not used to – something is going to go wrong. Most of the time it won’t be your fault, from public transportation making you late for a connection or someone you’re traveling with forgetting an important document. When things go wrong, you will probably feel panicked at first. You’re in a new country, surrounded by people who speak another language, away from your support system. But the more experience you gain, the less panicked you become. Things going wrong is a reality and the best thing to do is take the issue on with patience and acceptance, knowing that even though something went wrong, it doesn’t mean the world will end. So take a deep breath and learn something from the experience!

Going into the semester, I was nervous about making new friends in my study abroad program. I only knew two people going into the program out of about one hundred and twenty people. But as time went on, I met so many incredible people with different personalities, cultures, and interests. I became more connected with my roommate.

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