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Angelina, one of our Alumni Ambassadors, generously agreed to write about her experience at NYLF: Medicine & Health Care for our blog! Read on for her top five tips when preparing for your next Envision by WorldStrides program.
The idea of leaving home by yourself can seem pretty daunting, especially if you’re going to another state. I know I was nervous to be away from my family while at Envision with people I had never met before. Although it’s nice to be surrounded by the comfort of your home, there are numerous benefits to coming out of your shell and being in the company of people with the same interests as you. So, here are 5 tips I have for you to have a successful trip away from home!
Pack with a Checklist
To reduce the stress you will be under when traveling to Envision, make sure to have everything you need in advance to your day of departure. Depending on your program, this can range from needing to purchase surgical scrubs to a business outfit. Don’t forget your essentials such as toiletries, chargers, bedsheets, and an open mind. I suggest writing down on a piece of paper everything you pack as you do it, so you know what you have, and what you might be missing when it comes time to repack at the end.
The people in your groups and your group leader are going to be with you the duration of your program. Becoming friends with them will not only make your overall experience better, but it will also give you the opportunity to exchange contact information in case you wake up late or need something else during the trip. Don’t feel limited to only hanging out with your group, but make sure to have clear communication with at least one other attendee. And who knows, you might even stay in contact afterwards!
Prepare for a Roommate
Similarly to my tip above, I suggest getting your roommates’ phone number. They may or may not be in the same group as you, but it helps to have their information for roll-call at night. Programs usually start early (around 7am) and end later (around 10pm), so it’s important to make arrangements for who is going to have the bathroom to get ready or shower. Most people will have a roommate, unless you get a single room, and practicing clear communication is key to making it an enjoyable experience for you both.
I recommend attaching your room key to either your WorldStrides lanyard or belt-loop (or some other attachment) so that you don’t accidentally lose it during activities. Don’t give your room key to anyone else, and make sure that your roommate keeps up with their key as well. You should also bring a water bottle with your name written on it, or at least some fun stickers so you know which one is yours.
When you’re packing, consider the location that you will be staying at, the weather for that week, and your daily activities. If it’s going to be cold then consider bringing jeans or leggings, long sleeved shirts, and a sweater/jacket. Don’t forget extra socks and shoes (tennis shoes for regular activities and dress shoes for formal events). Bring comfortable pajamas, I would suggest at least two pairs. It’s important to follow the dress codes provided and schedule--for example, wearing relaxed professional attire vs. casual.
These are just five simple tips I have to make your trip successful. Remember to have fun, be safe, and enjoy your experience. Soon enough, you’ll be saying hello to your future group members, co-workers, and life-long friends!
Angelina recently attended National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine & Health Care, an Envision by WorldStrides program.