Thursday, March 13, 2014
Meet our Staff: Rachel Romesburg
Name: Rachel Romesburg
Homestate: West Virginia
Education: Undergrad: Barnard College, European Studies with a concentration in Psychology. Grad: MA from NYU Steinhardt in Educational Psychology.
Title at Barnard: Program Director for International and Intercultural Student Programs
How long have you been working at Barnard: since August 2010
Abroad experience: 1 year in France - AUCP in Aix-en-Provence, BU in Grenoble
Favorite location visited thus far: France is my favorite country (although I may be a bit biased), but in terms of adventure my favorite place has been India - I only saw a very small part and hope to return some day!
Dream location to visit: Morocco! It has been on my list for almost 10 years, and I had even planned a trip there in college that I ended up having to cancel.
Favorite travel tip: Whenever you are going to a new country for any length of time, take a new scent with you, or buy one as soon as you arrive (be it perfume, lotion, shampoo, whatever). Only use that scent while you are there, every day. When you return home, use that scent only occasionally, and it will transport you back to your time abroad. Scent memories are some of the strongest, most evocative ones we have, and pairing a scent with a travel experience will bring back memories so vivid, you can relive your trip again and again. The longer the trip, the stronger the association, and thus the stronger the memory. I discovered this by accident with my pumpkin spice lotion in Aix-en-Provence, and now I do it on purpose whenever I travel.
5 things you must travel with (excluding necessities like a passport):
1. Addresses of your friends and family, pre-printed on labels. Makes postcard sending a snap!
2. A journal, to record your adventures and thoughts.
3. An empty water bottle - get it through security and then fill it up! Hydration is very important.
4. Layers - you never know what the weather might be like, and how much it might fluctuate during the day. Layers also allow you to mix and match so you can take fewer clothes without feeling like you're wearing the same outfit every day.
5. Humility. Go with an open mind, and prepare for your assumptions to be challenged. (But your mind should be at least reasonably informed about where you're going!)