Welcome to The Abroad Blog!
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Nicole. I’m a 21-year-old from Boston, the voice behind this blog, and the girl who can’t stop talking about her time abroad.
I’m currently a senior 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’ll get paid to see the world. My dream came true when I traveled around the Dominican Republic assisting a professional video team with a content shoot… and got paid to do it! I truly believe anything is achievable if you’re willing to put yourself out there and just go for it. But, I’m sure you’ve all heard this before…
Still here? Let’s get down to the good stuff.
My first impactful abroad experience occurred in Italy on a high school student tour. Not only did this trip open my eyes to new places and culture, it gave me the confidence I needed to continue seeking out adventure. Fast-forward four years and I returned to my beloved Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. I was nominated for a new program as a freshman in college, and although studying abroad during fall 2017 was not part of my original plan, I am SO glad I got on that plane.
Fifteen countries later, I returned home ready for my next adventure. While waitressing, I noticed a guest with an EF phone wallet, and remembering how my EF student tour encouraged me to even want to study abroad in the first place, I introduced myself.
Those 30 seconds of courage would later lead to multiple internships and travel opportunities, including assisting a video team in the DR and guiding international students around LA and NYC!
During my junior year, I studied abroad for a second semester in Sydney, Australia, and gained international work experience at an Australian marketing agency. I also completed a major goal of mine by visiting all seven Australian territories! During the 132 days I spent Down Under, I consistently pushed myself out of my comfort zone- I even jumped out of a plane!
The once-in-a-lifetime experiences 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 I was given the opportunity to live, work, and study abroad at an age much younger than most. My hope is that my personal experiences will benefit and inspire you!