You're more capable of adapting than you know! January 10, 2019

By (Berea College) - abroad from 09/06/2019 to 12/23/2019 with

IFSA: Galway - National University Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I am very capable of taking care of myself, and I shouldn't take so much for granted. I am more confident in my life choices, and feel a large sense of accomplishment.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The heating was spotty, and there was not much room in the fridge to store food.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I would like to go back with the micromanagement skills I now have, and managed my money better. I would have spent more time with the friends I had rather than pine after potential friends. I would have forced myself to be more active in the learning experience even if it was uncomfortable to do so.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I would have preferred to have the dispersing of stipends broken up into smaller pieces so I could have micromanaged my money better.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-75 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I suggest bypassing the big franchises and look for a cheaper local market to buy from.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Studying under Max Hafler
  • The LGBT club i was a part of
* What could be improved?
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Travel planning
  • General health and well being
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know now that I hate being left out of things, but I shouldn't always let that become my motivation for being proactive in life. If I allow that to happen, I will more than likely let the motivation curdle into anxiety which then prevents me from setting out on achieving goals.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.