So, this fall I will be attending Masaryk University in Czech Republic for a semester. I am quite excited. I have not even left yet but I am beginning my journey already. I have met some interesting people who have helped me and already learned some things.
I wanna tell you about my friends!!! So I was on facebook and I was looking at student groups. I found a group, ERASMUS Brno. I have already met a ton of students who will be working or studying in Brno. They are so nice. Not everyone is going to Masaryk, some are going to the shoool of technology. But either way, it has been great. These people are from everywhere all over Europe. They have helped me so much. It is so nice to talk to other students who are going through the same thing that I am and they are able to give me advise. They have been there to answer my questions and they have been so great with calming down my fears about my first abroad experience. They have been an experience and doors to the world outside of the U.S. I have gotten to practice my spanish, and learn words in Czech.
And they inform me on shopping- less expensive and a great selection... this may be a problem. I dont think I have enough suitcase space for the shopping I will be doing. Oh the agony!!!!
I got to meet with Kate last week, she was so extremely helpful. I needed that. She sat down with me and helped me plan out my visa process. We went over everything, then she explained some details to me about the trip. I told her I will be landing in Vienna. She told me I should probably stay in Vienna over night and try to enjoy the city while fighting jet lag. I think that it is brilliant, so yes I am now looking for hotels in Vienna. But still have yet to figure out how to get the train from Vienna to Brno.
At this point, I have been so happy to be able to get things accomplished. I am still trying to wrap myself around the fact that I am leaving in a few months. I plan to travel while I am there. Making these plans take so much time and energy. But it is worth it.
My current advice, get involved. Put yourself out there. It will pay off. I would love to hear from the rest of you and get to know how everything is going for you! So please, respond. And who knows, maybe we can meet in your or my host country!