June 30, 2017
Former Pre-College students share advice for studying abroad
Students around the world are getting ready to hop on a plane soon to take part in one of the three Brown Pre-College Location-Based Programs this summer in Rome, Spain and Atlanta, Georgia.
Here, students who took part in last year’s program in Segovia, Spain, share some advice for making the most of a summer program in a new place.
What's one piece of advice you have for students studying abroad for the first time?
“Remember that you are not alone and to make the most of your experience! Before this program, I had never flown anywhere, let alone to a foreign country. When I arrived in Spain, the first couple of days I felt a bit homesick. However, it is important to know that you are not alone. The RAs, along with the other teachers, are truly supportive of every student and I knew I could go to them whenever I needed. After overcoming my homesickness, I began to enjoy Spain and all it had to offer. This experience does not come often, so I truly suggest making the most of it and embracing the Spanish culture, while enjoying your classes of course!”
-Anastasia, New York
“Relax. Everyone around you is experiencing the same thing and probably feeling nervous. Also, the locals are so patient and excited that you are trying to speak their language.”
“Be yourself. You are going to a new country with people you don't know. Take advantage of that! Everyone going is just as nervous and excited as you. Take a deep breath and enjoy every unique experience that is offered through this program.”
What's the one item students shouldn't leave home without when studying abroad?
“Definitely a camera. The architecture is so beautiful!”
“The two most important items I brought along to Segovia were my water bottle and sunscreen. We spent a lot of time outdoors and it can be hot in the summer.”