My name is Tierra Bernal. I am currently a senior at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. I am studying Apparel Merchandising and Management with a background in retailing. I am an artistic and creative person. On my free time, I spend time with my friends and family and most importantly travel. I am a very free spirited, open-minded person.
Everyone wants to go somewhere different. Experience life in a different aspect. Learn about new cultures, interact with new people and travel. What better way to do that than to study abroad? But, where do you start? What do you need to know and what are the necessities? Well, there’s no right answer to those questions. However, there are things you can do to get more insight.
The first thing I would do is research. Research as much as possible about the place you want to go. If you want to go to Paris, Madrid or wherever, you need to know your facts. This will most definitely help you navigate your way through the city as well as help you know how interact with the people. Make sure you are well knowledgeable about their culture. If you travel to India, don’t go looking for a Big Mac at McDonalds, you won’t find it.
My second piece of advice is don’t lose anything of importance. When studying abroad it is very easy to lose track of all the important things such as your ID or passport. Make sure you put it in a safe place and make an extra copy of it if you need to. Just don’t lose it.
You should know that money is very important when traveling abroad. You should estimate how much you will need, but also allow yourself some cushion space, for those “just in case” moments. Go to the bank or ATM only in well-lit places where there is lots of traffic and bring a friend. There are good people in the world, but there are also people in bad places that will do anything to survive. Protect yourself and your money.
The last piece of advice is: try new things. Life is too short to keep living the same way every single day, 365 days a year. Try new food. Go experience the nightlife. Just get out and explore. BUT, be safe. Nothing is more important than your safety. Buddy up, have a plan, and let someone that isn’t going with you know where you will be.