Hi everyone! I am so excited to join you here on College Compass as your Study Abroad contributor. My name is Shannon and I am a college + lifestyle blogger at Endless May. Through my blog, I promote positivity, optimism and the mindset that anything is possible if you just take it one step at a time. Outside of blogging, I am an avid photographer, Instagrammer, and dreamer. I am a student at Wellesley College in Boston where I am studying computer science and music but this semester, I will be studying abroad in Amsterdam at Vrije University.
I have always had a serious case of wanderlust and a drive for seeing new things and meeting new people. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine and I am so thankful that I finally get the chance to do so and share it all with you. While I will be based in Amsterdam and taking classes there, I plan to travel as much as possible throughout Europe (if you have any must-see places, please let me know!). I am so looking forward to exploring this part of the world and learning more about the rich history in all the places I visit. I also plan to work on my Dutch (considering I will be living in the Netherlands) and expand my Spanish skills. Hopefully I will also get a chance to practice my French considering I have been studying it for almost six years!
At Vrije University, I will be participating in the Semester in Amsterdam program where I will also be the official videographer and photographer for the program. I will be living in a cute little room (it has a balcony!), studying computer science, and attempting to find the best stroopwafel in Amsterdam. Wish me luck as I am also going to have to cook for myself (I anticipate a lot of street food in my future).
I am so thrilled to take all of you with me on this journey! Stay tuned because a lot of fun things are in store. From Christmas Markets in Germany to New Year’s Eve in Paris and ending with a backpacking tour of Spain, I can’t wait to fill you in on not only my travel adventures but also my best tips to make the most out of your semester abroad.