How To Become An Expatriate: From Climate Control Storage To Working Papers

This simply isn’t true. I spent my entire freshman year busing my butt to get a 4.0 (which I achieved), but I realized that I was missing out. After that freshman year, I became more active socially and partied. The result? I ended up graduating with a 3.5, two separate degrees, lots of work experience, and participated in 5 separate study abroad programs. In other words, I nailed college, and I had lots and lots of fun. You can do the same with a lot of planning. You also need to know when you can party and when you have to be on top of your game. It is that simple.

My program was what we study-abroaders call Faculty-Led. It wasn’t through Penn’s Study Abroad Office, but actually through the College of General Studies, and I didn’t enroll in or take classes at a French university, but was taught by professors brought in from other universities specifically for my program. These professors knew France, and knew what it was like to be introduced to the country for the first time. It was the perfect first study abroad experience.

You’re in a whole new country. Typically, you’ve come to expand your horizons, and that’s exactly what you’re doing, but the irony is that you have also shrunk your immediate social world. You don’t speak the local language (yet), so befriending random people is out of the question. You don’t really talk to your classmates because, believe it or not, as curious as they might be about you foreigners, they’re too timid to speak to you. Some countries are exceptions, though. Some people are exceptions too.

NYU has yurtdışında üniversite in London, Paris, Florence, Prague, Madrid, Berlin, Accra, Shanghai, and Singapore, and has just announced facilities scheduled to open in the spring of 2008 in Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires.

If you’re speaking with a professor or a person from the administration, you should do the same. Do they display enthusiasm about the college and you, or do they act as though they couldn’t care less?

When I speak of jobs that I have had in the past, the jobs are not exactly relevant to human resources. I worked for my mother at the hockey rink she managed and I loved it. I loved helping her hire new high school kids. Working with distraught public always intrigued me. Hockey is a violent sport at times and hockey parents can be ruthless. “Maintaining the peace” at the hockey rink was something I took pride in. I had other responsibilities of course, cleaning the woman’s bathrooms was always nasty but it had to be done. Driving the resurfacing machine was always fun and training new employees on the complicated machine was always interesting. I worked here for over three years and it was a very good high school job. After my senior year was about over I got a new job.

Idea #3 – Do an Internship. If you have some idea of what you’d like to major in or perhaps you’ve already decided upon a certain area of study, getting an internship in your field of interest will truly give you a real life flavor of what your type of chosen work will be like in the real world. Whether you end up enjoying your internship confirming your initial interest or realizing it’s not a good fit after all will be time well spent.

No matter what you do, becoming an expatriate is a life-changing experience that if you’re thinking of pursuing you should act on. You won’t regret it.

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