What is the Student Globe Trotter?
So you may be wondering what the hell “The Student Globe Trotter” is and why would you want to read it? Let me explain a little bit about myself and my reasoning for the blog:
First, my name is Jeanell and I recently graduated from New York University, majoring in acting at Tisch School of the Arts. I am originally from the small suburb of Altamonte Springs, FL and I moved to NYC for college. Throughout my life, I have always dreamed of traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. Hence my reasoning to take a big step and move to the big city! After living in the city for 3 years, I was ready for a new adventure so I decided to study abroad in Accra, Ghana for the spring 2011 semester. My parents wanted me to study in London, but I insisted on Ghana. I knew it would be a different and worthwhile experience that I was willing to take. Finally, with my parents’ blessing, I left familiar and comfortable America for Accra, Ghana and truly experience a new world!
NYU has a program in Ghana and it is very good one at that. However, even though the NYU in NYC staff tried to prepare us for our adventure, they couldn’t help us with EVERYTHING that we would encounter, especially if we wanted to travel throughout the country or West Africa. Most of the time, we relied on NYU in Accra staff, who were by far the FRIENDLIEST people in the world and they were always willing to help us with our travel endeavours. However, they couldn’t help us with EVERYTHING too, even though they tried very hard. Sometimes, as students, we were on our own, trying to figure out how to travel in Ghana and its surrounding countries (Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso).
Of course, we could read travel guides or look up information online, but most information was slightly outdated. Most information was from 2008 or 2009. That is 2-3 years out of date, and a lot of things can change within those years. Phone numbers become disconnected, prices vary, locations change or closed down, finding reliable people to help you can become scarce as you get farther away from your temporary home place, etc etc etc. A lot of can happen.
Also a lot of us were looking for stuff that was aimed towards college students. We are not 40-something-year-old established working individuals who make a lot of money, and can take a few weeks off from work and travel and do everything up the sun. We are college students who do not have a steady income and must work on a budget. Also we are interested in things that someone who is much older than us may not be interested into. We are looking for an experience that is different and one that we cannot get in America. Hence why most college students opt to study abroad in various locations throughout the world.
In addition to finding activities that are directed to young people, we were trying to find sources that gave a no bulls**t description of various places. No one needs fluff when traveling. We need the real deal. Not only we need to real deal to traveling, but we also want to know if it is will be worth it once we arrive to our desired location.
The idea for The Student Globe Trotter came from my travels throughout Ghana. I knew someone else would like to know the information I learned along the way for traveling. I hope to contribute more than just information about Ghana. Whereever you plan on going, I want information on that place for you. I know you would want to know to make your trip the most amazing and worthwhile experience in the world!
Welcome to The Student Globe Trotter and I hope you enjoy!
If you have any questions, suggestions and/or you just want to introduce yourself, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading and look out for more posts!
Jeanell (The Globe Trotting Rockstar)