I figure now is as good a time as any to start posting to this blog. I’m still in the planning stages of my study abroad experience, and basically nothing is certain until I get on that plane to Prague in January. I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but this whole studying abroad thing is really difficult to navigate! It took me a really long time to figure out where I wanted to go (about a semester’s worth of research) and now I’m really worried about being accepted for a student visa, it’s nerve-wracking (sp?) and stressful!  The visa process takes about 3 months and it’s a lot of paperwork, I’m sure most visa application processes are similar so my advice is to send the forms as early as possible!

You literally have to submit proof of EVERYTHING! From how much money you have in your bank account to where you’re staying abroad, I even had to submit proof that I was not a criminal on the run! Also, they took my passport as part of the application process, so forget about any trips during winter break. Which is highly unlikely anyway since I’ll probably be working as much as possible in order to be able to afford all the traveling I want to do once I’m there. It takes money, honey.

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Later, I may write as to why I chose Prague…since that’s always a follow-up question with a city that for some reason doesn’t have as much name recognition as other European ones.

I think I got this reaction once: “Prague? That’s in Russia, right?”

…..no, no it’s not.

sigh.

Later guys.