10 Ways to Make the Best Out of Your Study Abroad Experience

Written by Alison Rivera, (Student Correspondent) Syracuse University
CET Brazilian Studies & Portuguese Language in São Paulo, Spring 2015

1. Dance to any song at any moment.
Who cares if anyone is watching or if you are not the best dancer.

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2. Be willing to try different kinds of food.
So maybe the fruit is star shaped, which is a bit odd, but it doesn’t hurt to try it.

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3. Take walks in different neighborhoods.
You never know you may come across a street filled with amazing graffiti.

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4. Embrace the culture and take it how it is.
Place yourself in a completely new environment.

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5. Become a fan of group selfies.
Take them as a time to bond and grow closer with the people you are living with.

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6. Live like the locals do.
Go to the park one Sunday afternoon.

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7. Get to know your host country’s favorite sport.
Dress up as a soccer player and educate yourself on the Brazilian soccer culture. It will teach you why Brazilians are passionate about it.

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8. Enjoy the local art.
In Sao Paulo, this comes in graffiti form… even the sidewalks are pretty.

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9. Appreciate the view.
Take a photo of the landscape and scenery, because you won’t want to forget about it when you return home.

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10. Always find new things to add to this list.
I’ll tell you more once I figure it out…

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