Hi, my name is Janica Acosta and I’m from the University of Rhode Island. I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain
spring semester of 2018. I am making this video to give four
pieces of advice to first generation
study abroad students. ::music plays:: First piece of
advice when deciding to study abroad is make sure that you communicate
and talk with your family so that they are aware of your plans.
Now being a first-generation college student, your family may not
know much about study abroad and they may be concerned about
your safety, if you’ll graduate on time they may even wonder why do you want to
leave your home school and go abroad. They may be concerned on, if you can
afford going abroad for a semester or a semester or even a year. When you arrive
abroad, they hold an orientation that will let you know of any safety
regulations and then your accustomed to that country so that you feel prepared
to be abroad and enjoy your semester and remind them that studying abroad will be
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in your
college career. ::music plays:: Which brings me to my second piece of
advice which would be funding abroad. So, if you or your family are concerned on
how you can fund abroad I myself had the same worry. Well, AFS
actually has a scholarship specifically for first-generation college students
which I would definitely encourage applying for. There’s also other scholarships
out there, maybe your home university has more scholarships. And
going with a program that is affiliated with your school makes it so much easier.
I also planned in advance which I would recommend, because then you’re able to
possibly work extra hours over vacation and make a personal budget so that you
know how much money you want to have
abroad. ::music plays:: My third tip is to make sure that you
plan academically. When I say plan academically I mean meet with your
advisor so that the classes you take abroad you are sure that they are
transferable. It’s also smart to be able to plan ahead and know what classes
you’ll be taking when you come back from abroad. Don’t forget that when you’re
abroad you usually still have to pick classes just like you do when you’re at
your home University during the semester…and knowing what you’ll be
taking ahead of time so that you can make sure
you still graduate on time. ::music plays:: My fourth, and last piece of advice…when
going abroad, a lot of students struggle with how to adapt to another culture.
Well, personally after my experience I think that the biggest aspect I took
away, was learning how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. You’re in a
new country with new people meeting new study abroad students. and
adapting to a lot at the same time. So, being comfortable with the uncomfortable
allows you to open up your eyes and really enjoy
your experience abroad. it It has changed my life and
opened me up to so much more. You will see things differently after
living in another country for a semester or even a year. Enjoy every minute because
it will definitely fly by. I wish you luck in your process of
applying abroad and your experience. I hope you found these four
pieces of advice very helpful.