When I decided to study abroad in Barcelona last semester, I couldn't have been more excited. However, I quickly realized that there was a lot of preparation that needed to be done, and it took frequent communication with my advisor to get everything in order. There was a lot to keep track of: strict deadlines for my visa application, language placement tests, class registration, course approval forms, and so much more.
The study abroad center sent me generic mass emails with a lot of information that didn't necessarily pertain to me, so those emails weren’t very helpful. It was difficult to schedule frequent meetings with my advisor, so we mostly communicated through various email chains about all kinds of different topics. This made it difficult for her to keep track of my information and 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, and I was constantly worrying about missing important documents.
I think a lot of other students will agree with me that it's really easy to put off sending and responding to school-related emails. Texting is the easiest and most immediate form of communication for us, so being able to text my advisor and have all of my information recorded in one conversation would’ve made this an easier and smoother process on both ends.
I would’ve loved to receive text messages reminding me about upcoming application deadlines and alerting me when my submitted 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 and to ask questions about deadlines and required information that I needed to submit. Receiving text messages before, during, and after my abroad experience would’ve made it a stress-free process!
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.