As you sit in your College Station apartment reading this week’s blog post, think about what you want to get out of your time at Texas A&M. Are you just looking for an education, or are you looking for an experience? If you’re just here to go to class, do homework and graduate with a 4.0 GPA, you can probably stop reading. However, if you’re here at A&M to find out who you are as a person, have life-changing experiences and open your mind to the world around you, keep reading.
If you ask us, it sounds like you’re thinking about studying abroad. Or at least, you’re thinking about thinking about studying abroad. Admit it, you wouldn’t be reading this blog if studying abroad wasn’t on your mind. Well, we’re here to help you take the first few steps towards achieving your study abroad dreams.
Yes, 2500 Central Park is the most helpful community of College Station apartments, but even we can’t give you as much help as the amazing study abroad advisors at Texas A&M. There are dozens of different factors that you have to consider before studying abroad, but it all starts with fulfilling your GPA and credit requirements. Studying abroad might look like a non-stop party on your friend’s Instagram page, but there’s plenty of real classwork involved. You’re still going to have homework, you’re still going to have cranky professors, and you definitely want to make sure you’re still going to be on track to graduate when you get back to America.
Tip #2 — Make sure your passport is up to date
Nothing will derail your study abroad plans faster than an expired passport. If you don’t have a passport yet, now is the time to get one. Before you plan anything, get your passport. For some reason, it takes the government a long time to get your passport ready, and you don’t want to still be waiting for it to arrive while you’re trying to finalize your study abroad plans.
Tip #3 — Cut expenses and start saving money
If you’re going to study abroad, you’re going to need some cash. Even if you’re one of those people who wins a massive scholarship that pays for the big expenses, you’re still going to want some money to spend while you’re overseas. Remember, you probably won’t have a job while you’re there, which could make it difficult —if not impossible — to keep the funds flowing.
Start saving now by cutting unnecessary expenses like fast-food, new clothes and drinks at dinner. Every dollar you don’t spend now is a dollar you can spend on gelato in Italy or crepes in France. It’ll be worth it in the end.
Tip #4 — If you don’t have one, start a journal.
In 10 years, you’ll thank yourself for keeping a journal during your study abroad trip. You’re going to want to capture everything that you’re feeling as your explore foreign countries. Taking pictures is fine, but being able to re-read your thoughts and feelings in a journal will bring you much more joy than the photo of you pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Aside from this advice, you’re on your own! Thanks for taking a few moments to read the most recent blog from 2500 Central Park. We hope this helps you find a way to hop on a plane and spend the next semester in full wanderlust mode. If you liked this post, remember to check this page again in a couple weeks to read the next one. Also, you can follow 2500 Central Park on social media in order to stay up to date with everything happening at your College Station apartment community.