Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Realizations and Re-evaluations and Conclusions

The Madrilenos have a lot of different customs, such as eating their meals 2-3 hours later than Americans are accustomed to. Another cultural practice is the siesta, a nap the whole city takes from around 2-5pm. This practice originated due to extremely hot weather and usually follows a large midday meal. Most shops and restaurants … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Realizations and Re-evaluations and Conclusions

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Initiating your plan and funding your study abroad trip

Type of Program Every study abroad program will be amazing, but the experience you gain differs drastically between programs. Deciding what type of program to participate in may depend on how you personally desire to improve. Consider your strengths and weaknesses and definitely consider stepping out of your comfort zone! Personally, I was looking for … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Initiating your plan and funding your study abroad trip

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Planning your Undergraduate career to encompass a study abroad program

The most complicated issue with studying abroad as a pre-med is fitting it into your schedule. First, consider when you want to graduate and thoroughly research the requirements. This may include your major(s) classes, minor(s) classes, college requirements, and university requirements. Some important classes are only offered during specific semesters (i.e. Spring or Fall), so … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Planning your Undergraduate career to encompass a study abroad program

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Things I’m glad I did on my trip and some lessons I’ve learned

Tried my best to immerse myself in the culture I tried my best to live like a true Madrileno, a term referring to the people of Madrid, Spain. The biggest adjustment was their day-to-day schedule. Madrilenos eat their meals later (lunch at 2pm and dinner at 9pm!), and often stay out as late as 5 … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Things I’m glad I did on my trip and some lessons I’ve learned

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: How cultural immersion helps us grow as future physicians

Our values, our thinking processes, and our priorities are often a product of culture, and they vary drastically between populations. As a first generation Vietnamese-American born to immigrant parents, I thought I was no stranger to cultural differences–”a mosaic of values,” I had thought. While growing up, I did indeed deal with discrepancies such as … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: How cultural immersion helps us grow as future physicians

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Why I decided to study abroad

After 3 and half years at UC Berkeley, I can attest that college, particularly the pre-med route, can be rather intense. As students, we are all routinely performing a day-to-day balancing act, juggling a wide variety of activities; for pre-meds this includes volunteering at a nearby health clinic, assisting in an advanced research lab, and … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Why I decided to study abroad

Apps to Connect with Your Significant Other

Going long distance with your significant other can be hard, but it’s also great to have someone supporting you during your time in a new place. I had just starting dating someone a few weeks before I was set to leave, and we both knew we didn’t want to be that couple Skyping 24/7. Don’t get … Continue reading Apps to Connect with Your Significant Other

Reverse Culture Shock: Brisbane to Berkeley

Since I’ve been abroad home feels different. Or I feel different at home. I suppose that’s expected. It’s pretty cheesy but I actually did learn a lot about myself last year while I was in Australia, and it’s cool to see how that manifests itself in Berkeley. I learned what kind of people I like … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: Brisbane to Berkeley

Six Cheap Meals for Students

When we think of budgeting while going abroad, we normally think of flying on budget airlines, staying in hostels, and eating PB & J for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Luckily, eating and cooking abroad doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some budget-friendly meals* to inspire your cooking while abroad (most of which use the same … Continue reading Six Cheap Meals for Students

Real Stories from Studying Abroad