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University of Memphis

Prague, Czech Republic

Fall 2016

Alexis Gilbert, Alumni Ambassador

1. One of the best parts about studying abroad? Getting to travel to other cities and countries! Here are my top travel tips:

When traveling abroad, remember: Have a travel companion, find a respectable hostel, map out the area around, exchange currency, and inform your parents, program advisors, and roommates of planned whereabouts.

Because many students abroad do not have international service and use Wi-Fi for their means of communication, it is important to locate coffee shops where you can check in with your family and plan the directions for your day. Always know the exchange rate, have your currency needs taken care of before you leave, and bring a few bills of your host country’s current to avoid mishaps when traveling between the two cities. Always be aware of your surroundings when traveling between countries and be courteous and adaptable to the social norms. Last, but not least, take pictures and enjoy yourself within the new cities that you will be exploring. Make sure to pick up a small souvenir, like a postcard, from each place that you travel to so that you can always have those memories with you.

2. What has your experience abroad taught you about the rest of the world?

My study abroad experience has taught me that there is more to the world than I am accustomed to. I travel frequently within the United States, but always knew that there was something much greater outside of my country’s borders. Not knowing much about the city of Prague, I was intrigued and excited to be exploring this country and the areas around it. I have traveled to many places over the months, and the most important things that I have learned is to take risks, show compassion, and work hard to achieve my goals. I have always reminded myself to have faith in my aspirations/dreams, but these ideas have become more prevalent since I began traveling outside of the Czech Republic. I have learned humility when encountering foreign travelers because we have been in their shoes while exploring new cities, trying to navigate and find a common language within the barriers with those who we might encounter.

This entire experience has opened my eyes to opportunities and revealed how similar we all are, no matter where we are in the world. I was accepted by others, and realized that we all share more similarities than differences within cultures. We each want to achieve success and live our passions. My experience abroad has helped me mature emotionally, culturally, and intellectually.


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