Study Abroad

Summer or Semester? Tips for Choosing the Perfect Study Abroad Experience

September 13, 2019

Are you ready to see the world?

In the words of Mark Twain, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” Travel broadens your horizons and helps you learn new ways of seeing the world. And what better time to explore than as a student? Study abroad enriches both your educational experience and your life.

But how do you choose the best study abroad experience? Should you go overseas for an entire semester or even a full year, or would a summer program work better for you? Here’s how to decide.

1. Spending the Semester Abroad

Many experts recommend spending a full semester studying abroad to make the most of your experience. Why? Shorter excursions leave time only for visiting popular touristy sights, while longer stays enable you to immerse yourself in the culture. If you’re traveling abroad to gain proficiency in another language, a longer stay gives you time to master the tongue. Plus, you’re already amassing considerable expenses in terms of flight tickets, so why not get more bang for your travel buck?

If you treasure family holiday traditions, however, studying abroad during the fall semester can lead to homesickness. (There’s no Thanksgiving anywhere else, after all!) If the thought of missing out on annual celebrations gives you pause, consider spending the spring semester overseas instead. You may miss out on spring break — but you can have even more exciting experiences at your destination.

2. Studying Abroad for a Full Year

Studying abroad for a full year allows you to immerse yourself completely in another culture. If you have a limited budget, an extended stay enables you to accept employment overseas to pad your pocketbook. Employers give potential hires who plan to stay longer more consideration than those seeking a shorter-term gig.

If you’re mastering a foreign language, a full year abroad gives you ample time to build proficiency. You’ll pick up on common colloquialisms and learn how to navigate day-to-day conversations. This gives you a substantial edge over other candidates when it comes time to start your career.

3. Doing a Shorter Summer Study

Are you curious about studying abroad but leery of leaving home for an extended time? Summer study programs let you get your traveling shoes wet without a lengthy time commitment. Plus, many summer courses feature smaller class sizes, meaning you’re more likely to get the individualized attention you need.

Studying abroad for a brief period may ignite your passion for a lengthier stay. A short time overseas helps you overcome travel anxiety. Plus, you can explore destinations like developing nations you might not want to remain in for an extended period.

A shorter summer program also poses less possibility of postponing your graduation. If you spend a semester or year abroad, you’ll need to coordinate with your academic adviser to ensure you meet all credit requirements by commencement — but a summer program can actually provide you with an extra credit without worrying about scheduling.

4. Embarking After Graduation

Finally, if you choose not to study abroad during your traditional four-year college career, you can embark on your travels after graduation. Postponing travel enables you to expand your educational horizons. Whether you opt to attend graduate school overseas, apply for an internship or teach English as a second language, you will gain valuable skills to bring to the job market stateside — or wherever your future leads.

Studying abroad once you have your degree opens financial and cultural doors. For example, many programs that allow you to teach English overseas require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, many paid internship opportunities give strong preference to candidates who already possess their undergraduate degree. You might land a position with a multinational company and choose to extend your travels for years.

Ready for Take-Off?

When you travel, you gain a new way of seeing the world — and seeing yourself. Whether you go for a few short summer weeks or a longer time, you’ll expand your own horizons, develop your self-sufficiency and make memories to last a lifetime.

Study Skills

Pump Up Your Productivity: How Time-Tracking Helps You Get Things Done

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Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a seasoned senior, it’s easy to get distracted when it comes to schoolwork. If you want to step up your game, consider investing in time-tracking software. 

It’s not about meticulously counting the seconds or berating yourself for taking too long. Instead, it’s about learning how you currently utilize your time and how you can make improvements. Try these time-tracking tips to train your productivity.

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Study Abroad

7 Reasons to Intern Abroad

August 23, 2019

Ever wondered what it’d be like to work in theater in the center of London? Maybe you dream of hands-on shoe design in Milan, or maybe you’re looking for fast-paced business experience in Shanghai.

When you intern abroad, these imaginings can become more than a dream — they can be your reality for the summer, semester or year. Still on the fence? Here are seven reasons to pursue an internship while you study abroad.

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Learning Styles

Why Doodling During Class Makes You a Better Student

August 19, 2019

We’ve all experienced the disapproval of a teacher when they catch us doodling in class. From kindergarten through college, we’ve been told to pay attention, take notes and keep our notebook margins clear of distracting doodles.

But did you know doodling during class actually has its benefits?

Recent research shows that doodling might not be a bad thing, so don’t tuck your favorite art pen in the bottom of your book bag just yet. Rather than being a distraction, drawing during your classes may be the secret weapon you need to take your academic performance to the next level.

Here’s how doodling helps you learn:

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Student Life

10 Easy Tips for Staying Safe on Campus

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As you’re getting ready for college, you’ll be planning out your classes, going back-to-school shopping and relishing the excitement of the new semester. Even with all the positive energy, it’s important to take a few precautions to ensure your safety on campus.

Fortunately, crimes on college campuses have declined in recent years, and students are far more knowledgeable on safety protocol. So what should you keep in mind? Here are a few tips to ensure you have a fun, memorable year without any issues or complications.

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Learning Styles

Does Technology Help or Hinder Creative Thinking?

August 9, 2019

Ever since technology began to edge out more traditional methods of learning and living, society has debated whether it lends itself to the creative mind — and most studies point to yes.

Many individuals view technology in the classroom through the lens of distracting social media platforms, but different forms of tech can enhance the classroom environment and facilitate unique learning opportunities. The key is knowing how to use it.

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College and Career

10 Creative Majors for Artistic Types

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As an artistic person, you incorporate creativity into every aspect of your life. Why not do the same for your college major?

When it comes to your career, pursuing your passion is the key to success. Not sure what artsy endeavor to pursue professionally? Here are 10 majors for creative college students:

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Student Life

5 Ways to Find a Healthy School-Life Balance

July 22, 2019

College is characterized by quick-paced work and numerous assignments — and sometimes it’s all you can do to catch up with your workload. With so much school work on your plate, you might forget how to make time for yourself.

If you’re like many college students, you probably put nights out on hold because you have an exam the next morning. You may want to see your friends more, but feel like you have no free time to hang out. Keeping up with your classes is crucial — but you also need to prioritize your mental health.

If you’re struggling with finding a healthy school-life balance, you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Here are five ways to feel balanced and find stability in college:

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Study Abroad

Top 10 Study Abroad Locations for Curious Students

July 15, 2019

Thinking about studying abroad?

If you’re an explorer or a dreamer with an itch for new places, implementing travel into your educational track is a great idea. With a study abroad program, you can discover cost-efficient, culturally enriching opportunities to see the world — all while furthering your studies.

But where in the world should you go? Your options stretch as far as the horizon. Explore these 10 countries perfect for your study abroad dreams.

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