Things we wish we had known about Studying Abroad

Study_Abroad_sistersThere are so many things that I wish I had known before I went to Italy with Select Study Abroad. What is it going to be like? Am I going to have fun? Make friends?
And of course, I wasn’t the only one of my sisters who felt like that!

We all wished that we had known how amazing this trip was going to be, and that there was no reason to be nervous before deciding to go!

Sisters_abroadHere is what some of our sisters that joined us this past summer wished they had known:

M.M ~ I wish I had known not to worry about not knowing anyone going in because I would meet such great people!

S.P. ~ I wish I had known how much fun I was going to have!

B.P. ~ I wish I had known that in just one short month you could meet people who had the ability to change your life in such amazingly positive ways, that would make saying “goodbye” that much harder.

G.D. ~ I wish I had known how exciting each day was going to be, even the little things.

M.B. ~ I wish I had known how quickly it flies by. Going abroad is something that everyone should at least try! You never know how much you’ll love it, until you’re there. And its better to wish you would’ve known, than wishing that you went! So indulge your wanderlust and your adventurous side and go explore!

Ciao sisters!

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Top Ten Myths About Studying Abroad

Myths pervade our lives about all sorts of things. Does chewing gum really take seven years to digest? Is the Great Wall of China actually the only man-made object visible from space? Is Brad Pitt really still in love with Jennifer Anniston? We’ll have to come back to those pressing questions another time. The real myths that concern us today are the Top Ten Myths About Studying Abroad. Someone has to set the record straight and the Select Study Abroad MythBusters are here to do just that. We hope to debunk some pesky popular beliefs that can stop a student from studying abroad, because that my friends, is just a crying shame. Continue reading…

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Tips for shoe shopping in Florence

Note: post updated April, 2013
 
As a very wise sage once said,
 
“Let’s get some shoes.”

 
Indeed.
 
When it comes to getting shoes in Florence, or in Italy in general, you’re in pretty good hands. People ask me where to go and I can’t seem to narrow it down to just one place. There are so many stores and so much variety of shoes that it helps to first know what you’re looking for (impossible task, I know). Sandals? Heels? Shoes? Boots? Color? Material? The last ones is easy…leather! However, regardless of what you have in mind, here are a couple tips that can help you go home with the best pair of shoes at the best price.
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Top Ten Tips for Studying Abroad in Florence or Italy – Part II

top_ten_tipsWelcome back to our Top Ten Tips for Studying Abroad in Florence or Italy! Hopefully you enjoyed and were endlessly impressed by the breadth of information in Part I and are dying for more juicy details in Part II. You probably were since, as I recall, we did a totally kick-ass job.
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Top Ten Tips for Studying Abroad in Florence or Italy – Part I

top_ten_tips_study_abroadSo, you’re going to Italy to study abroad. It’s a dream come true. You can’t wait to leave. You’re also a little overwhelmed about what you need to do before you leave and what to expect when you finally arrive.
 
I remember it like it was yesterday and, believe me, I knew next to nothing about how to navigate a completely new city (let alone one where I barely spoke the language). I only wish I had done a little more research before I left. If you’re reading this ahead of your departure, then you’re already ahead of the game, good work! If you’ve already left, well you’ve already seen, and perhaps found yourself in, some of those classic pitfalls. Not to worry. You’ve all come to the right place. Let us give you a helping hand. Continue reading…

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