by Christina Socci
Studying abroad is not for the faint of heart. During our pre-departure orientation at Dickinson, we were told that this period of our lives would be one of the most challenging in our entire lives, which is not the most encouraging thing to hear when you’ve just been accepted to the program of your dreams. And yet (there is always an “and yet” in this type of story) we were also told that studying abroad can also be one of the most rewarding experiences in our entire lives. A double edged sword, but the way it cuts depends entirely on us, the students, and the way we navigate a new culture and new language.