Using Facebook was extremely helpful in all stages of the study abroad process (pre-departure, on site, post-study abroad). In the beginning I used it to meet and contact people in my program. My study abroad provider (API Study Abroad) also had a Facebook group for all of the people in my program. It was very effective for us as students to get to know one another a little bit before we even met. It was also a great source of information because the Facebook group was often used to ask each other questions, advice, packing tips, etc.
When I arrived abroad in Sevilla, Spain for the spring semester of 2013, I used Facebook almost every day. Mostly I used it to communicate with friends and family back home, but I also used it to document and share my experiences with my connections.
After my time abroad, I really enjoyed returning to the Facebook groups and talking to my closest friends. It is also a nice online scrapbook of my travels; I can browse through pictures and scroll down my own timeline to reminisce.
Overall, I utilized Facebook to my advantage in my study abroad experience and it was helpful in many ways. It certainly helped me to adjust and remain connected to home.
Christine O. - Sevilla, Spain - Spring 2013
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