Alumni Spotlight: Abigayle Goldstein


The right to appear ridiculous is something I hold dear. =)

Abigayle Goldstein is a junior at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She studies English and has plans to teach English as a second language.

Why did you choose this program?

The program was available through my major and seemed very interesting! At first I was simply looking into it, but then all the details fell into place.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I was assisted with everything from how to get my passport, to which flights to purchase, and even had an informational session for study abroad through my university.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Pack light! You'll have the chance to do laundry. You think you'll be sick of wearing the same stuff, but you're too busy seeing new things to care. Carry on and backpack, that's it!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

You'll stay hostel-style with roommates and breakfasts, travel coach (and other forms too), and be accompanied by a learn representative. There's a perfect balance of course work, scheduled events, and free time.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

I was mostly afraid of having to maneuver public transportation alone. However, I almost always had somebody to rely on, and the transportation becomes easier every time you use it.

I had one fiasco of missing my train, and while it was nerve wracking in the moment, it became one of the best stories to tell when I came home. I've done it, now I'm not afraid.

Is there any other advice you'd like to share with prospective travelers?

My best advice for prospective travelers is to not take things so seriously. When you lighten up, you'll find things to enjoy no matter where you are.

Super small hostel? Get closer to your roommates. Get seasick? Take some ginger and let the wind blow on your face. Don't let yourself have a bad memory - make the best of every situation! Travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone.