It’s the beginning of summer, and I’m sure plenty of you in college have friends studying or interning abroad. If you’re getting the itch do to it too, hold on one second. I had an amazing experience interning in Irish parliament, but it could’ve gone a lot better! And I mean it! Read my tips below, and you’ll see why:
- Look at all options. I picked a terrible program (CIS Abroad… stay away from them). I wish I would’ve done a placement program and found my own apartment, so I wasn’t 45 minutes outside the city by bus.
- Don’t settle. I would’ve loved doing my internship in London, but it was way too expensive. In the end, I didn’t settle. I had an amazing experience… I mean how many people do you know have worked in parliament?
- Be prepared. Financially, mentally, emotionally, physically – the whole nine yards. If you’re not ready before that day comes, prepare yourself and settle down. It’ll all work out in the end.
- Have fun. Again, I wish some things could’ve been different, but make the most out of your situation and have fun!
I now know that I can live abroad and me totally fine. Not everything went as planned, but I learned a lot about myself and my profession. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and hopefully I’ll be living in London in the years to come. (I may have a mild obsession with all things british…)
Stay fabulous readers!