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You just had an incredible experience studying abroad, now what? How do you use your experience in the rest of your education and your life?
1. Keep in touch with your host family and your study abroad friends
Keeping in touch with not only your host family, but also friends who share your study abroad experience, is a great way to share memories and more. Chances are that you share similar interests with at least a few of your study abroad friends. You may just have a ready-made set of new friends for the rest of your college experience.
2. Get involved with other travel programs, such as Alternative Spring Break
There is a lot more out there than just study abroad if you are really into traveling. One of the best programs is Alternative Spring Break. In this program, college students travel to a location in the United States, Canada, or Mexico and perform community service for a week.
3. Share your experience with other students planning on studying abroad
We are always looking for students who willing to share their study abroad experience with others.
4. Get a job in the Office of International Programs
Many offices of study abroad look to hire peer advisors. These students have studied abroad and work with prospective study abroad students. If you decide to pursue this position, you will be in a position to help students get to where you’ve been.
5. Preserve your pictures, journals, movies and audio
Why not scrapbook all of your pictures, journal entries, etc.? In that way, you'll always have those great memories to look back on. You can share these with the Office of International Programs; we can use them to market study abroad opportunities to others.
6. Work with international students on campus
You know what international students go through. You may wish to work with international students on your campus. It is always nice to know that you have someone there to help you navigate the ins and outs of living and studying in another country. Why not be that person for someone studying in the United States?
7. Study abroad again
If there are still places and subjects that you'd like to explore, there are always more study abroad programs. You can work them into your program with a little planning. Why not start a whole new adventure?