Hey guys, it’s Nicole!
I am from Boston, Massachusetts and am 20 years old. I am currently a junior at Fairfield University majoring in Communication and International Studies with a minor in Marketing. I’ve aspired to work in the travel industry since high school, and told myself that one day, I will get paid to see the world. My dream came true this past summer when I was given the opportunity to travel around the Dominican Republic assisting a video team with a shoot… and got paid to do it! I truly believe that anything is achievable if you are willing to put yourself out there and just go for it. But, I’m sure you’ve all heard this before…
Let’s get down to the good stuff.
My first impactful international experience occurred when I was 15 years old. Some friends and I traveled to Italy on a student tour ran by EF Education First. Not only did this experience open my eyes to new cultures and places, it gave me the confidence that I needed to continue seeking out adventure. Fast-forward four years and I have returned to my beloved Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. I was nominated for a new study abroad program to Florence through my university as a freshman in college. Studying abroad during the fall of 2017 was not part of my original plan, but boy am I glad I got on that plane.
15 countries and 52 cities later I returned home, and as many of you can imagine, readjusting to life after a semester abroad is hard. Reverse culture shock is very real, and going from spending most weekends hopping from country to country and during the week, wandering the streets of Florence and enjoying everything that it has to offer, to resuming my job at home was tough. While waitressing, I noticed a guest with an EF phone wallet, and remembering how my student tour encouraged me to even want to study abroad in the first place, I introduced myself.
Fast-forward a few months and I am in the DR, assisting with an EF video shoot as a 360 intern. Summer 2018 was the best summer that I’ve ever had – I grew professionally, traveled to new places, and met some of the most inspiring people.
This leads me to the present. My bags are packed and my good-byes have been said. I am off to a semester-long adventure in Sydney, Australia where I will be studying business and interning for a boutique marketing agency, and I can’t wait to take you along with me.
The once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I’ve had, along with my pursuit of a successful career in the travel industry, have inspired me to start this blog. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to live abroad at an age much younger than most; my hope is that my personal experiences will benefit and inspire you!