In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

Insurance was something I didn’t even think out. But ESSCA required the we had health insurance for the duration of our stay.

Medical Insurance

I went to my medical insurance office to become aware of my benefits, which is little to none when you’re overseas. I purchased the GeoBlue Travel Medical & International Health Insurance. It was the Voyager Choice (Single Trip) Plan for around $60 USD.

Travel Insurance

My Global Exchange coordinator highly recommended getting the International Student Identification Card. This not only serves as an ID but can get you discounts at list of places. It was $20, they mail you a physical card but you have access to a digital version on an app. I also added the basic travel insurance for an additional $5.

Before getting the ISIC card, I booked my flight and added the Deluxe International Trip Protection II from Allianz Global Assistance via Delta. This was around $140 USD.

The Gilman Scholarship provides all their recipients with International SOS.

Luckily, I didn’t have to use any of these, but if I did I would have been well covered.

Spot the Difference

Spot the Difference

Hawai’i is often called the melting pot, because we have such a diverse population. There’s so many cultures on our islands. I like to think that I see snippets of different types of people just by living in Hawaii. But being around 60 international students, it’s fascinating to me how different things are. Just as simple as the vocabulary we use or our accent and the way we pronounce things. College vs. Uni, Vacation vs. Holiday, etc. There are students in my program from Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Canada, Australia , Scotland, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Philippines, Israel, and much more that I can’t remember from the top of my head.

We all come from such unique places and are so interesting in learning / hearing about what their home is like.

I know that America is strange, does things weird and doesn’t always make sense. But it’s still shocking to hear. For example, our educational system. In the UK, they have Primary School and then 5 years of High School. After high school, they need to take a 2 years of A-Levels before heading off to university. In Australia, they aren’t allowed to leave the first and 30 minutes of class At UH Hilo, people may come and go as they please.

With international students, most speak at least one other language. I find that so cool, and am kind of jealous because it would be so useful to have the ability to speak another language. While getting a SIM card, the worker didn’t speak English. We all don’t speak French, but the worker did speak Spanish. So, one of my classmates was able to communicate with her in Spanish.

Our program really encourages us to meet new people. A lot of students came in groups from their university. So, our program tries to split them up as much as possible. But they still manage to stick together. For us soloists, we have no choice but to step outside our comfort zone and meet new people. That’s the only what we’ll know anyone. By talking to them, I learned that we shared some of the same struggles come here, getting lost, etc.

I look for to meeting new people and hearing their opinions on topics we may discuss because I’m sure our point of views are all so different.

Why Abroad?

Why Abroad?

I’ve always dreamed of traveling the world to experience life outside of Hawaiʻi. Being Hawaiian and growing up in Hawaiʻi, my culture is so unique and very special to me. The idea of visiting other countries and witnessing their culture and environment is so fascinating to me.

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.

Not all knowledge is learned in just one school.

This ʻōlelo noʻeau sums up why I am choosing to study abroad. One can learn from many different sources. By learning in a different part of the world will help me broaden my perspective on many things.

Being a Business major, it is so important to be aware of the global economy, international trade and transactions. Studying in France would allow me to grow not only academically, but individually as well.

This is something new for me, traveling alone. I will have to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things. I am looking forward to live in Paris for a month, make new friends, and hopefully gain lifelong lessons and knowledge to take with me.

Photo by: Dex Ezekiel