Studying Abroad with AIFS in Saint Petersburg

June 30, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

During the Spring 2017 academic semester I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia with AIFS. Preparing to study abroad is a daunting task. Selecting the best organization is crucial for study abroad success. Studying abroad with AIFS pleasantly surprised me and I am happy to share my experience studying abroad in Saint Petersburg and studying … Read More

Russia Bag Diaries

June 23, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student, Travel Tips

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through one of the links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only include products I love. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Packing for normal-length vacations is a stressful event. Packing for four months or longer is almost unbearable (keep dreaming … Read More

World War II: Russia’s Story

April 14, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

“Is it true,” asked my Russian cabin mate on the 22-hour train ride from Volgograd to Kazan, “that Americans believe they won the war?” Knowing very well speaking the truth would stir a conversation I was not willing to have, I responded diplomatically — in U.S. schools, students learn about our participation in the war and little … Read More

Guide to Foreign Language Learning

April 10, 2017By Kendal KarstensStudent

Learning languages frightens people. Undoubtedly, developing skills in a second (or third, or fourth…) language is challenging. Knowing multiple languages in our global world is necessary in nearly every part of our life — school, business, travel, and more. My first language is English, however I studied Spanish for three years in high school, attained conversational … Read More

Why I Studied Abroad

February 13, 2017By Kendal KarstensGermany, Reflections, Student

Our interview was going well. I had quick answers to every question. Sol, the other exchange student from Argentina, and I were enjoying our time with the reporter; we easily bounced off each other, adding more details and anecdotes to our stories. I had an answer to every question…until the reporter asked what I would … Read More

Studying Abroad: Homesickness, Culture Shock, and More

January 23, 2017By Kendal KarstensStudent

Studying abroad is not a vacation. Although the university or high school may be in a foreign country, your experience abroad will be completely different from that of a traveler’s or a tourist’s experience. Seven major changes incur all at once — a new school, different friends, a new living situation, a foreign culture, a … Read More