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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Miko in England and Italy

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Miko Delacruz ’18 a Communication major and minor in Theater currently studying with ACM in England and Italy.

My name is Miko Delacruz and I am currently studying in London for the ACM London & Florence Arts in Context program. I am a Communications major with a minor in Theater. The main focuses of my program are mainly History and the Arts such as Theater, Art, Architecture, etc. So far I am having a wonderful experience, and I am only at the halfway point. I will be going on Spring Break soon where I will be traveling to Edinburgh, Dublin, Milan, and Florence. One of the best parts about going abroad is the opportunity to travel to other countries considering how cheap it is in Europe to travel between European countries (I say cheap but it’s actually still expensive, just not as expensive. Its about $75 average for flights based on where you’re going). Though a good note to remember is that you’re still a student. No matter if you are in a different country and your workload isn’t as much, you still have to stay on top of your studies. You can get complacent quite easily here and soon enough you will feel overwhelmed. So it would be good to keep on top of your assignments while you have fun and explore. Considering that you’ll be doing a lot of traveling also remember to pack light. By light I mean 2 suitcases and a backpack MAXIMUM if you can do without a suitcase then I recommend it because it is a pain to have to deal with. But on the plus side you will have more room to bring stuff home. Do your best to travel with someone, it makes for a more fun trip but it also works as a safety net in case things go wrong. Those are just my tips but as for experiences, DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN! It is important to enjoy yourself and to not be overwhelmed but you have a limited time abroad so make the most of it, but don’t overdo it and stress yourself and your wallet. Just do everything within your limitations but still try to scratch things off of your list that you always wanted to do. Finally, don’t feel the need to keep it in if you are homesick. It doesn’t happen to everyone but it is natural for you to miss home. Confide in the people around you, call home, or try to take your mind off of it by enjoying the place you’re in. It will pass and soon enough you’ll want to stay in Europe. This is my first time abroad and I felt homesick but after a while I got used to here and I don’t know if I will be ready to leave when the time comes. One last tip would be to not be afraid of being a the tourist. You’re new, you want to see things, and you are excited. It’s okay to be a tourist. But all in all just enjoy.