Studying abroad can be a huge part of the undergraduate
experience. Many colleges and universities encourage their students to consider
studying internationally in some form before they graduate. Leaving a college
or university that feels like home may seem daunting at first, especially if
you are leaving sisters behind, but there are ways to celebrate sisterhood
abroad that make the experience even more special.
Rarely does the study abroad experience mean staying in one
place for an entire semester. Depending on your location, you may find it very
easy to travel to other places when you study abroad. Why not take the
opportunity to visit sisters in the process? Seeing familiar faces might make
you feel a little closer to home. Think about whether you have any sorority
sisters near you, and make plans to visit one another if possible.
Find out whether your national headquarters keeps track of
members who are studying abroad each semester. You might have access to a
Facebook group or email list of sisters who will be near you, and those
resources could help you make connections while traveling. It’s a great way to
meet new sisters!
Meeting new sisters
Airports are also fun places to meet new sisters. If you
wear something with your letters on it whenever you travel, you are almost
guaranteed to meet someone who shares them. People from other countries may not
understand what those Greek letters mean, but you never know who you will run
Staying in Touch
There are probably things and events that you will miss
about your school and your chapter when you are abroad. Are you going to be
gone during big events like recruitment? Luckily, technology makes it even
easier to feel like you are there. See whether some of your sisters can set up
a Skype call with you during the new member reveal. The same is true for the
little things, such as your big sister’s birthday, homecoming or a random
dinner at the chapter house. Working around time differences can be
challenging, but seeing a sister’s face, even through a screen, can help you
feel like you aren’t missing out on anything.
Another fun way to keep in touch with sisters back home is
to send postcards from places that you visit. Doing this serves two
functions—they get to see pictures of what you are doing, and you get to tell
them all about your adventures.