When I decided to study abroad in Barcelona last semester, I couldn’t have been more excited. However, I quickly realized there was a lot to prepare. It took frequent communication with my advisor at George Washington University’s Office for Study Abroad to get everything in order. There was so much to keep track of: strict deadlines for my visa application, language placement tests, class registration, course approval forms, and more.
The study abroad office sent generic mass emails with information that didn’t pertain to me, so they weren’t helpful. It was hard to schedule meetings with my advisor, so we mostly communicated through several email chains about different topics. This made it difficult for her to keep track of what steps I had and had not completed. With each new email, I had to remind my advisor of where I was in the process. I constantly worried about missing important documents.
I think other students will agree with me that it’s easy to put off sending and responding to school-related emails. Texting is the easiest form of communication for us, so texting my advisor and having all of the information in one conversation would’ve made this a smoother process on both ends.
I would’ve loved to receive text messages about upcoming application deadlines and alerts when my forms were processed. I spent a lot of extra time going into the study abroad office to ensure that I was on the right track. Receiving text messages before, during, and after my abroad experience would’ve made it a stress-free process.
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About the author: Jessica is a senior at the George Washington University, where she’s studying marketing. She’s the Business Development Intern and keeps the team updated on the latest mobile trends for college students.