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Studying Abroad Helped Me Graduate On Time

Written by: Alexandria Seger

So my whole purpose to study abroad was to actually graduate on time! I’ve always wanted to study abroad but with my major and minor, it’s not very flexible. Luckily I got an email from KIIS about a winter study abroad opportunity and it was the perfect fit. I almost didn’t graduate on time but luckily my study abroad class filled one class that fit my major and my minor!

Preparing can be tricky. Luckily my brother and parents have been abroad. My parents lent me this outlet adaptor. It had three different types of plugs. It can be pricey so ask to borrow one. Bring along portable chargers! They are a lifesaver. Don’t be afraid to bring your phone abroad. Talk to your provider about different plan options. Since I wasn’t there long, I didn’t need a new SIM card or a new phone, I was able to get a short abroad plan. Super important thing, pack an extra pair of clothes and bathroom necessities in your carryon! My luggage was lost in another country for a few days and it wasn’t fun. Last thing; bring clothes for all types of weather!

My best memory was the whole trip honestly. I went to Italy with KIIS and it was dream come true. I took so many photos and videos to relive the memories. My trip was over winter break, and we celebrated New Year’s Eve abroad. A few of us gathered, who were of legal drinking age, and did the Colosseum Pub Crawl. Most of those people on the crawl spoke English but were from all over the world! It was so amazing and so fun to get out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

I didn’t have a host family but we stayed in two hotels. Expect to share rooms and make schedules when everyone is getting up and ready. Our hotel in Rome was not the best but the staff was very friendly. Then our next hotel in Florence was a dream and so adorable. The family who ran the hotel were the kindest and most caring people. Hotels are like their homes so take care of them.

Overall the whole experience was truly life changing. I’ve always wanted to see Italy since I was very little. I want to travel to as many places as I can in my lifetime. It’s opened my eyes to a different culture and see their famous history. You’ll meet new people from different states and counties! Go see the world and take a class or a few classes. You won’t regret it!

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Alexandria Seger

Italy Winter
Ball State University

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