As a MOJO Blogger, you'll submit 7 blogs in total throughout your semester abroad (5 of them will be written, with 5 photos each, and 2 of them will be videos). Due dates vary depending on your program, and you can find your personal timeline in your tracking sheet on Google Drive. The most important thing to remember when you're creating your content: Have fun with it!
Topic List A
Tell your story
THIS TOPIC IS REQUIRED: How did you decide to study abroad with CEA? Was there anything you were nervous about? How did you overcome those reservations? Did you encounter any obstacles? How did you overcome them? How has your personal outlook changed now that you are abroad?
Are you an underrepresented student (including Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ Students, Student Athletes, Students with Disabilities, High Financial Need Students (Pell Eligible), Male Students, First Generation College Students)? Diversity is a term that can have many different meanings depending on context – race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, etc. How does your study abroad or internship look with your different background, sets of experiences, cultural context, and world views? Start a discussion about your experiences as a diverse student in your host city.
What were your first thoughts when landing in your new home and settling in your dorm/apartment/homestay? Did you have any “international trip/embarking on a new journey jitters?” Tell us about your transition into [insert host country] culture?
Favorite Places in [your city]
List and describe your top 3–5 local places, restaurants, parks, cafes, etc. in your host city that you’d recommend to future students. White this as a listicle, Buzzfeed-style. Please do not use the first person narrative.
Blog about the excursions you experience abroad as part of the CEA program. What are you doing? Where are you going? What was the experience like? What did you like most? What impacted you most? The opportunities with this type of post are endless—get creative!
Describe and reflect upon your most memorable/challenging/funny/interesting/etc. language barrier situation you’ve experienced in your time abroad thus far, and how you worked your way through it. Or, share your thoughts about the local language. Which words or phrases in the host language have struck you as funny, different, similar to English, or impossible to pronounce? This would be fun to write as a translation list or a fun language guide for future students to use.
Fashion Forward How-To
Describe and explain the culturally appropriate way to dress in your host city and how it differs from American culture, as well as things to keep in mind for future students while they pack to venture abroad. SUGGESTED: "__#__ Things To Pack When You Study Abroad in [CITY]"
Learning from the Locals
Craft a post about the most interesting, influential, or memorable local you have met and why you feel this way about this local individual.
As your time abroad comes to a close, reflect on your experiences. What did you learn? Did you change? What new skills or ideas will you take home? How will study abroad impact your future? What do you wish you knew before going abroad? SUGGESTED: "__#__ Things To Know About Studying Abroad in [CITY]"
Tips for Traveling Abroad
You’ve read plenty of travel tips and know what to expect before you go abroad, but did any of them work? Did you roll your clothes; did that actually work? What are some expert tips you’ve tried and tested before leaving and after you got there? Please do not write this post in the first-person narrative.
Other Topic Ideas
- Greek Life Abroad
- Art abroad: Museums, street art, graffiti, etc.
- Navigating public transportation (or your host city in general)
- Making friends with international students
- Student life in your host city
- Life in a homestay
- Making CEA housing feel like home
- Small victories: Accomplishments in your new life abroad
- A local recipe
- Tips to stay physically and mentally healthy abroad
- Have a creative idea that isn’t listed? Please submit to your CEA contact via e-mail for approval
Topic List B
Being a [Your Major] Major in [Your Location]
THIS TOPIC IS REQURED: How does study abroad help enhance your area of study? How has it enhanced your view of your area of study? Why did you choose to study that major? Have you learned anything new?
Academics & Classes
What are your classes like? What’s it like going to school in another country and how does it compare you school at home? Was it easy to adjust? What are you studying and how does it benefit your degree to be studying there?
Q&A with CEA Program Faculty/Staff
Interview a faculty or staff member about your host city, the program, cultural experiences, etc. This is also a great one to use for your video post.
CEA Cultural Engagement Activities
Is your CEA group learning how to make pasta together? Or maybe your CEA staff is leading a walking tour of your city’s best street art. Whatever the CEA activity is, share what it was like to participate in local activities! What are you doing? Where are you going? What did you like most? What impacted you most?
THIS TOPIC IS REQUIRED IF YOU ARE A CEA INTERN OR IF YOU’RE STUDYING AT A LOCATION WHERE THERE ARE CEA INTERNS ONSITE. YOUR CEA ONSITE CONTACT WILL HELP WITH THIS TOPIC.
Are you participating in an internship while you’re abroad or are others onsite at CEA? Share the internship experience (what it looks like, how it’s impacted the student, what their responsibilities are, etc.). If you decide to do this topic in a blog format take photos of CEA interns at their desks, outside of their buildings, after requesting permission. If you decide to do this topic as one of your edited video, after requesting permission, film footage of CEA Interns at their internship placement. If possible when you visit their placement take footage of them at their desks or walking to their desks, and then the outside of their building (street view).
Showcase this opportunity for future students by asking the following questions. Please do not mention the specific name of the internship placement, just say "My placement".
Introduction & CEA background
- Name, year, major, school in States, CEA program
- Why did you choose CEA?
- What do you like most about CEA?
- What is your housing like?
Internship related questions (choose 4-6 questions). Provide the questions to interviewee in advance, if you wish.
- Why did you want to do an internship abroad?
- How did you decide on the location you applied for?
- What was the placement process like?
- What would you tell students who are waiting to hear about their placement?
- What were your thoughts when you heard about your internship placement?
- What was your first day on the job like?
- Describe how you developed your work plan with your supervisor?
- Were there aspects of the internship that you had doubts about? How did you deal with that?
- What were things you did that helped you establish yourself in the office?
- Is there anyone at CEA you’d like to give a shout out to for their help and support
- What’s the best part so far of your internship?
- Did you get to do things as an intern that you would not have gotten to do as a student?
- Did the internship change how you think about your future career pursuits? In what ways?
- What advice would you give to other students within your major about interning abroad?
- What was the most challenging project you took on?
- What was a major project you completed, and how did it help the company?
- What was the biggest surprise about your internship abroad?
- What has the seminar been like? How has it helped you process what goes on at your internship?
- What have you learned about any of the NACE competencies?
Are you planning on volunteering while abroad or are others in your program? Show us! Give us a firsthand glimpse into volunteer opportunities onsite. Review the guiding questions below for you to answer or for your in person interview with a CEA student or onsite staff member:
- How did you find your volunteering experience?
- What type of activities will you be doing?
- How do you think your volunteer experience will impact your experience abroad (or how has it impacted your experience abroad)?
Share Your Connection to Your Study Abroad City
Did it start before you arrived and that’s why you selected your particular city? Tell us about that experience. Maybe you made a connection after living there, such as people you see every day (e.g., your fruit and veggie vendor or the person who makes your coffee).
CEA On-site Suggestions
Your CEA on-site team may suggest topics they need help covering.
Topic List C (video only)
A Day in the Life
What is a typical day of classes like for you? Share your class types, class format and experiences you’ve had so far on the “studying” part of your CEA study abroad experience.
Create Your Own Walking Tour
Create your own walking tour of your host city, including places to stop and see, restaurants to try, museums to tour, etc., along the way
Walk in My Shoes
Take a walk around your host city and write a post using sensory details to describe what you see, smell, taste, touch, etc., while on your walk.
Describe the local music scene abroad. How is it similar to the U.S.? How is it different? What types of music are popular? Does your destination abroad have an interesting music scene?
Please note you can also use any of topic lists A and B for your video submissions
Have a different idea?
Let me know beforehand and I’ll consider it for approval.
Questions/Concerns? Email the MOJO Program Coordinator!
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