So I thought I’d dedicate this post to talking about campus life and my thoughts on getting involved in the different opportunities available to you. I’ve always been very proactive and enjoyed being involved in my community (work, university etc.) but I never could have imagined how much it would enhance my study abroad experience!
Incase it’s not clear enough, my recommendation regarding getting involved in campus life is a big YAY!!! (I hope that makes sense…)
Since arriving on campus I have been involved in various opportunities including:
- Hall Government – organising events to promote a sense of community in the apartments I live in
- Model UN class – a class that revolves around preparing for and attending a Model United Nations Conference in Seattle, Washington
- ESB Research Lab – provides the opportunity to conduct research (within the business school) in a personal area of interest
- French club – to learn about French culture, watch French movies, play games & most importantly – eat French foods!
These experiences have really helped me to get the most out of my time here, learn about American (and other cultures) and also learn more about myself. I really think that getting involved in student life at your host university is one of the best ways to make new friends and have a rewarding and valuable experience whilst studying abroad!
My advice is to join clubs and sign up for opportunities as early as you possibly can. Also, make sure you are proactive in finding opportunities, don’t just wait for opportunities to come to you – look at notice boards, read emails and ask around!!