Well, the time has arrived when my son is leaving for his semester abroad. I am excited for him. When you’re young, you should do it. Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people, embrace new cultures and learn about the world outside of home and college. But, it is very scary out there these days – advise your college kid to be safe and exercise caution in every foreign country.
Here are a few things I can share:
1) Make copies of passport/visa. Two copies stay with parents, two copies with your kid. You could also email a scanned copy to your kid.
2) Research conversion costs prior to arrival.
3) Provide US Embassy phone number/emergency number and their equivalent 911 – this is good for parents too!
4) Call your cell phone provider but recommend purchasing an international phone to use abroad.
5) Check on your health insurance.
6) Buddy System enforced with friends abroad.
7) Dress smart and blend in.
8) No loud or rowdy behavior in public.
As for me, I will truly miss my son and our limited communication will be even more limited. I will deal with it. But, thank goodness for email and FaceTime and SKYPE and other uncool parents like me!Tags: college, college life, study abroad