1) Find a program that works best for you. Aspects you should look at:
- COURSE OFFERINGS
- MEAL PLAN
- EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE
Not necessarily in that order but whatever works for you.
2) Apply for your program. This probably costs money so make sure you’ve settled on your perfect program! At this point your parents should probably be aware of your decision as well…
3) Get accepted to your program. Celebrate, probably with hats & balloons & cake.
4) Start your To-Do list. This is where the real work comes in. Depending on the program you choose, you could have anywhere from a few to a TON of items to check off your list. All of these are necessary for you to embark on this experience of a lifetime, so I would suggest starting sooner rather than later. It’s basically like taking on another 3 credit course.
5) Get your visa. This is usually at the same time as you’re checking things off your To-Do list, although this has it’s own To-Do list all on its own. Again, start as soon as possible with this process in case something goes wrong. I received my visa a little late… and by a little I mean the week before I left for Chile.
6) Make a packing list. At this point you should have done a little research on the climate of where you’re headed and should be prepared to begin your list. You need to be prepared for 4 months… This means make sure you have your prescriptions in order, don’t forget your retainers, and remember they probably sell shampoo wherever you’re going. Also, if you want to make a good first impression on your host family, bring along gifts from your hometown! I brought my fam some snazzy Drake apparel and a book on the beauty of Iowa.
7) Say your goodbyes. Thank your family for all their support, make sure they know you’ll message them when you reach your final destination, and off you go on the journey of a lifetime.