University of Alabama
1. One of the best parts about studying abroad?
Getting to travel to other cities and countries! Here are my top travel tips:
The best part about studying abroad is having the ability to travel and the freedom to just book a flight wake up and go! My top travel trips are to always try everything, some of the cities you will visit will be like places you have never seen before. Before you say no to a different fish or a classic french meal be open minded and try everything because more than likely you're going to love it! Push yourself out of your comfort zone, go to places you have never heard of, being uncomfortable is how you grow. Try to interact and meet local people in the different cities you visit, they are so excited you are there and want to share their favorite restaurant and little kept secrets of their home city. Finally go site seeing, each city has its own beautiful kept land mark or piece of history, book tours and go site seeing.
2. What was your favorite class abroad?
CEA offered multiple courses that I was interested in but my favorite class was "Intercultural Interactions: A Psychological Perspective”. When I first entered the classroom on our first day of classes I did not know what to expect from this class, although I had read the course description and the syllabus I was unaware that this class would have taught me one of the most valuable lessons while I was abroad. This class not only taught me how to adjust to new cultures and then readjust upon my return back to the United States, but this course taught me so much about different cultures around the world. During my semester in Spain and in this class we focused on the refugee crisis, the cultural divides, and overall how to be the best "sojourner" we could be. This course helped me become more open-minded, more aware of myself and my surroundings, and opened my eyes to a whole different view of the world. This course allowed me to truly make the best of my study abroad experience.