6 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Go Abroad

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If you find yourself in a conversation about studying abroad sometime in the near future, you are guaranteed to hear the word “experience” almost as much as you’ll hear the words “legal drinking age.” In fact, the emphasis on living it up often overshadows the other elements of studying abroad. Relatives never mention the outrageous food prices, the disorienting phases of culture shock, or feeling of utter loneliness that kicks in on the first rainy day. They don’t mention a lot of things, actually. For example:

1. You might not make friends right away, and that’s fine.

I’ve never been one to strike up a conversation with the person next to me on the subway or invite a random stranger to philosophize with me at a bookstore. When I left the US, I was determined to break out of my shell like the beautiful butterfly my mother always told…

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Best Ways to Aid in Tohoku Relief Efforts

Tokyo Desu

In recognition of the third anniversary of the devastating March 11, 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster, we’ve decided to take a break from our usual knob gags and dangerous shenanigans to tell you how you can help those that were most deeply affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Tohoku:

(Photo Via: Wikimedia Commons) (Photo Via: Wikimedia Commons)

Japan Volunteers

Japan Volunteers is a blog with a huge list of ways to help out, including account numbers for depositing donations and a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities.

Second Harvest Japan

If you’re too broke, lazy or busy to leave the Tokyo area, you might consider volunteering with Second Harvest Japan. Last we checked, the organization is still putting together weekly care packages for people displaced by the disaster. Their headquarters and kitchen is located just a short walk from Akihabara Station.

It’s Not Just Mud

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