Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences you will be privileged to experience in college. Although getting to know your new friends from distant countries, taking spontaneous trips on the weekends and exploring your new city or campus can be a huge distraction from actually studying abroad.
Go to your classes. It sounds simple enough, but once you’re abroad it becomes incredibly tempting to skip a class here and there in order to take a long weekend to travel. However, you don’t want to waste precious travel time by playing catch-up. Some professors may even dock your grade if you rack up too many absences, so you could end up falling behind without realizing it.
Sometimes you just have to get your nose in the books. If you’re taking a class that requires a substantial amount of reading, bring it with you when you travel. You’ll need something to read on long bus or train rides, so it may as well be something on which you’ll be graded. Plus, think how cultured you’ll feel when reading James Joyce in Dublin or Shakespeare in London.
When exams eventually come around, commit to some early desk time. If you and your friends form a study group and plan on studying weeks before your exams, you could take a daytrip or even a weekend to travel when everyone else is cramming. You may want to bring a few things with you to review, but as long as you spent some time preparing, it’ll pay off later.
It’s natural to want to travel as much as possible, and see all you can while you’re abroad, but it’s also important you don’t fall behind once you go home. So make the best of your time abroad and make sure you hit the books every once in a while.
Just north of Barcelona’s bustling city center, the capital of Catalonia transitions from Gothic cathedrals, tiny alleyways and hordes of bike tours into a more livable neighborhood known as Poble Nou. Close to the coast, Metro-accessible and rife with local hang-out spots, this area has become a favorite of residents who seek solace from the masses of tourists that crowd the center.
Use the summer to catch up on reading that pile of books collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom. Reading is a great pastime for people to enjoy while on vacation. For example, lying out on the beach with a good book will help the hours slip by while the reader is transported to a written world. Everyone has their favorite author or genre, but mystery novels are especially fun to read while relaxing on vacation. A good mystery will get someone’s pulse racing and mind thinking as they try and solve the mystery before the book ends. These mysteries all take place during the summer and are great to enjoy while tanning.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Parenting a toddler comes with a forced skillset people learn on the go and then come back with tips and tricks from the battlefield. These sweet, curious little ones are resilient travelers, but also unpredictable. Make the most of your next vacation with a few tips to create a stress-free vacation with toddlers in tow.