What was your motivation to travel abroad?
What are some things you’re glad you brought and some things you wished you would have left?
What were your experiences with culture shock? How did you deal with it?
When I got to Lausanne and everything was in French and I felt really isolated in the beginning. When I had orientation I made myself sit down with some of the other students and it was pure silence. Then I said something and we all realized that we were from English speaking countries and we began to talk, laugh and tell stories, one being of how we all had cried the first two days and how jet-legged we were. To deal with the culture shock I didn’t want to sit in my apartment and not do anything.
What was your biggest adjustment?
What was the biggest surprise that you noticed when coming back home?
How have you share your experience with others?
I had a blog with all of my experiences and it was nice to think that my friends and family that I hadn’t talked to much could read that I wasn’t lost out there and that I was doing something fun in my time abroad.
Any advice that you would give.
Right off the bat being away is going to be hard, but don’t stay in your apartment, get out as much as possible, talk with others and share experiences.