So looking at my other blog posts from the month of November, I think it’s pretty safe to say that it was a month of “slumps.” In saying so, I mean that nothing super exciting happened during that time. The only think remotely exciting was the deadline for the Seniors to turn in their 2-year research papers. Man, they went pretty crazy! They played music and danced around the school for the entire school day. Not a single one went to class… Well, that’s not true, but those who did — I guarantee you — didn’t learn a single thing.
Oh. One big thing that happened, which all of you who are considering to study abroad as a Senior should consider, was my turning in of the COMMON APPLICATION. DUN DUN DUNNNN! It was pretty stressful, I can tell you that. Actually, that was probably the reason why I had so little to talk about in November. Because the majority of my time was spent writing, re-writing, and re-re-writing my essays. If I wasn’t writing an essay, I was filling out my application, then checking, and re-checking it, over and over again.
I was lucky in the fact that I already had a pretty good idea of which schools I wanted to apply to. Before I took off for Germany, my family took me around college visiting for a week. Since I am really picky about the kind of school environment I want to be in for college, it really helped me narrow down my options, and saved me from writing at least 5 more essays than I needed to.
My exchange organization, , recommended us to speak with family back home a maximum of once every two weeks or so. That didn’t happen in November, because I was basically on Skype with my Mom at least 3 times a week, working on essays and everything. So, don’t expect to follow that rule, but I think one month out of the 12 months (Or however long you are abroad), is okay to spare.
Since I’m already talking about college stuff abroad, I’d also like to point out that it is more difficult to get interviews and apply for scholarships when you are abroad. I have missed quite a few scholarship opportunities because of the required interview that I would not be able to attend. I have also had a few of my prospective colleges deny me an interview because they didn’t want to do it over the phone or through Skype. But don’t ever hesitate to ask! Right when I am given my interviewer’s contact information, I emailed them right away, explaining my situation, and asked if they would be able to do my interview over the phone or Skype. I even offered to pay the international fee for the call. But most of them are nice enough to do it anyways. So the ones I have had so far were all pretty great.
Plus, being an exchange student is a great ice breaker / bonus-point for most universities (;