The Joys of Being an International Student

The joys of studying abroad

Two years ago I was traveling overseas to start my Master’s degree. It was not my first university experience, or my first trip overseas, but it was one of my more challenging experiences.

Studying abroad taught me a lot – both inside and outside the classroom. I had the chance to see some amazing places, meet some interesting people, and to participate in a hands-on field work in freshwater and marine biology. It was really a dream come true, although I am quite happy to be home now. I guess I also came away with a greater appreciation for what I had.

But enough sentimental stuff, here are a few photos of my adventures abroad.

Beautiful Edinburgh

Beautiful Edinburgh

One of my most memorable moments: March of the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo

Just another day in the lab – with a live squat lobster

In the field: measuring trout from a smolt wheel

The German Christmas Market in Edinburgh

Lab work: water testing for microbes

On a barrier island in the Ria Formosa, Algarve, Portugal

A behind the scenes tour of zoomarine (care for marine mammals)

Sigh, now I even miss the class work that I had to do for my Master’s degree.

Over the last month I have written a number of posts for Twenties Hacker that cover some of the issues that I encountered during my year abroad.  If you’re heading off to university, the following articles shed some light on packing for long-term travel, balancing schoolwork with travel, financial advice, and setting up a temporary kitchen:

Packing a Capsule Wardrobe for an Extended Trip Abroad (June 15, 2012)

Packing Tips for Long-term Travel (July 27, 2012)

Tips for Studying Abroad: Balancing Course Work and Travel (August 23, 2012)

Financial Advice for International Students and young Travelers (August 7, 2012)

You might also be interested in my post on skills that I enhanced while working and studying abroad.

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