In the rush of packing and planning for your great study abroad adventure, remember to set goals to guide you along the journey. The following are my own personal goals, and I hope you can incorporate some of them into your own study abroad experience!
As a nervous traveler, I knew I wanted to make patience a priority — especially during my first few weeks adapting to life in Salzburg. Small challenges quickly present themselves, from finding an ATM to overcoming the language barrier to order a morning coffee. Practice patience and learn from every step along the road!
For the majority of students studying abroad, this unique semester comes during a critical time during our college careers in the midst of career decisions and major life changes ahead. I hope to gain perspective during my time abroad to possibly refresh my long-term goals and fully appreciate every moment of this adventure.
3. Push Yourself
Don’t forget about the opportunities all around you! Plan trips, explore cities, meet new people and push yourself to make the most of your time abroad. Personally, I want to push myself to speak the local language and not rely heavily on English during my travels. AIFS also encourages students to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and become involved in the community. I’m stepping outside my comfort zone to participate in the AIFS cooking classes, and work as an assistant English instructor at a local school during the semester.