Hey guys, it’s Nicole!
I am from Boston, Massachusetts and am 21 years old. I am 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 will get paid to see the world. My dream came true during summer 2018 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…
Still here? Fabulous! Let’s get down to the good stuff.
My first impactful international experience occurred when I visited Italy on a student tour in high school. Not only did this experience open my eyes to new places and cultures, 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 as a freshman in college. Studying abroad during fall 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 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 I’ve had – I grew professionally, traveled to new places, and met some of the most inspiring people.
This leads me to the present.
I recently returned home from a second semester-long adventure in Sydney, Australia where I studied business and interned for a marketing agency. I completed a major goal of mine by visiting all seven Australian territories, and for the 132 days that I lived Down Under, consistently pushed myself out of my comfort zone- I even jumped out of a plane!
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 I was given the opportunity to live abroad at an age much younger than most, and my hope is that my personal experiences will benefit and inspire you!