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Semester Abroad DOs and DON'Ts

Semester Abroad DOs and DON'Ts

By Kirk Pynchon

Going overseas to study can be an amazing experience. Unfortunately, there are just certain important facts that the travel books won’t tell you. For example, they don’t tell you that refusing food in Taiwan is a grave insult, but burping loudly is considered a compliment to the chef. Also, being a polite American in Paris will help you get around town, but being an angry American who can yell at Parisians in their own language will get you even farther.

So to help you out, here’s a list of DO's and DON'Ts for spending a semester abroad:

*Do make out with any girl willing. I mean, come on, she's from a foreign land!

*Do not fall in love with said girl. I mean, come on, she's from a foreign land! (Logistically, this is just bad planning.)

*Do say that you are American. Pick the closest big city to your goofy hometown and just say you're from there.

*Don’t pretend to be Canadian. You will just get laughed at.

*If you go to Italy, do eat everything. Nothing tastes bad in Italy.

*If you go to China, don’t order the lobster. They will bring it out slightly alive and moving and even though that’s the freshest way to eat it, it’s still creepy.

*Do go out and experience as much of the music, art and culture as you can.

*Don’t think you have to like it. Trust us, Europe has as much crap as America.

*If you are in Thailand, do get a massage. They are cheap and awesome.

*If you are in Thailand, do not try to hit on the women standing outside of bars. There is a good chance they are dudes.

*Do spend sometime and learn the language of your host country. Even if it’s a couple of swear words—it will make you sound cool.

*Do not come back with an accent, unless you want your friends to openly mock you.

*If possible, do take a train to other countries. They have sleeper coaches that are relatively inexpensive and pretty comfy.

*Do not share your sleeper coach with an old German man.

And the most important of all the DOs and DON'Ts when traveling abroad:

*Do make sure you get school credit before you leave. Nothing’s worse than having to repeat Freshman Comp.

*Do not skip classes. Save that for when you return to campus.

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Tags: travel, college, life, studying abroad

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