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What should you do while abroad?

Take full advantage of all your program and location has to offer. Activities like conversation partners, internships, sporting events, and clubs can be priceless networking opportunities, so be sure to keep contact information for people or organizations you may wish to reach out to later. Make the most of the time you have to absorb as much as you can of the host culture.
  • Try not to spend all your time with other American students which includes, calling, emailing, and facebooking friends back home.
  • Write regularly in a journal, or keep a blog to share with friends and family so that you don't spend too much time on the computer contacting everyone individually. Often homesickness and culture shock can be eased by stepping away from the phone/computer and immersing yourself in the culture around you, rather than clinging to connections to home.
  • Take care of your physical and emotional health. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, and stay on schedule with any medications you take regularly. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, take time out to rest and reconnect with something familiar.
  • Above all, keep your sense of humor and learn to just go with it - be adaptable. Things will not always go as planned, and you will make language and cultural mistakes; but just remember that it is all part of the learning process.

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