Orientation meetings are just the worst.
I wasn’t planning on doing this, but I am writing this post while in my study abroad orientation meeting. It’s so boring and filled with common sense that I felt the need to distract myself by writing this post.
First of all, let me apologize to the guy who’s up in front of this classroom preaching his heart out about what to look for when students are studying abroad. I understand that it’s somewhat rude of me to be wasting his time talking while I’m typing away on my computer.
I just feel like I’m taking a class that’s meant for little children. Basically, he’s telling me of things that I’ve already been informed about. They’re all very basic things that a normal person with common sense would already have thought of.
He’s telling me things like what our requirements for preparing to travel abroad are — all of which I’ve already completed — and how to actually act once we arrive in our foreign country.
Maybe it’s just because I’m going to Spain this summer. Spain, compared to most other countries in the world, is actually fairly similar to where I live today: the United States. If I were going somewhere, like Russia or Vatican City, I might need to learn a thing or two about what the cultural customs are like there and how to act accordingly.
But seriously, some of the things he’s telling us are just plain obvious.
Be respectful of other cultures? No shit, Sherlock.
Be careful of who we associate with while abroad? I think I’d do that anyways.
Don’t drink too much alcohol? Well, no promises.
Most of the stuff may not have been as common sensical as others, but I had already looked up most of the information we needed or done the things he told us to do. It just wasn’t that necessary for me to attend the session, at least compared to other study abroad students.
Some of the things that the guy has told us have been pretty useful and I may not have thought of those things otherwise.
For example, I’m definitely going to print at least an extra copy of my passport to have on me just in case of any unexpected incident.
Also, I’ll be sure to contact my bank and let them know that I’ll be studying abroad so that they won’t charge any absurd amounts of foreign transaction fees.
Plus, did you know that even if your passport hasn’t expired, but is within six months of expiring, you can still be held up in a country? I didn’t and, even though that a pretty stupid rule, it’s still something to be aware of.
Good thing my passport doesn’t expire until 2023.
Overall, I’m glad that I attended the orientation session. This is mostly due to the fact that I’m required to and can’t actually study abroad unless I attend the orientation meeting. But, aside from that, I actually picked up on a couple good ideas amidst the myriad of repeated, basic knowledge that I had already acquired.
And I had the time to write this post!
The Rating: 31/100
Pro: The information was probably very helpful to a lot people. I just happened to have done a lot of my homework prior to the session. But even I learned a few things here and there.
Con: I ALREADY KNEW SO MUCH OF THE MATERIAL!! I’m mostly mad because I had to take an hour out my busy day to sit and hear stuff I already knew.
My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.
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