How to use your blog to reflect on your year abroad

How to use your blog to reflect on your year abroad by Florence Robson

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 30th July 2015 and has been read 4219 times.

Your year abroad is drawing to a close, and with it the blog that you've (hopefully) been keeping up since you left the UK. Now is the perfect time to reflect on all you've achieved so far and what you'd like to do in the future, and it can be a great way to build up content for your CV and interviews. Here are three ways you can use your blog to do so.

1. Write an A-Z of your year abroad

Get creative and reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly of your year abroad by squashing it into an A-Z. 'A' could be for 'Aix-en-Provence', 'B' for 'Barely made it to the airport on time', 'C' for 'Crazy lady who directed me towards the post office'... Go as bold and bizarre as possible!

Need a motivator? When you've written your A-Z, send us a link to the post and we'll publish it on the site!

2. Build a picture of your year abroad destination by answering our questions

Inspired by the 'My London' feature in ES Magazine, we've put together a list of questions that you can answer to create an image of YOUR year abroad destination. Here are the 'My City' articles we've published so far, for inspiration!

The questions are below! Again, send us your answers ([email protected]) and we'll get them up on the site!

  1. Home is...?
  2. Building you'd like to buy?
  3. Best meal?
  4. Best value for money meal?
  5. Favourite place to shop?
  6. First thing you do when you arrive?
  7. Best drinking spot?
  8. Best first date location?
  9. Earliest London memory?
  10. Favourite discovery?
  11. Best cultural spot?
  12. Favourite club?
  13. Best place to end a night out?
  14. What would you do if you were Mayor for a day?
  15. Building you'd like to be locked in overnight?
  16. Best time of year to visit?
  17. Thing you'd miss the most if you left?
  18. Most overhyped tourist trap?
  19. Favourite local expression?
  20. Best way to get from A to B?
  21. Best view?
  22. Who's your local hero?
  23. What's next on your list? 

3. Practice self-reflection with these questions from explorer Alastair Humphreys 

If you're feeling a little lost post-year abroad, perhaps it's time for some self-reflection. These questions have been put together (and answered publicly) by noted adventurer, author and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys and they are a great way to focus your mind on what you REALLY want from this new chapter of your life.

The questions are designed to show you what you truly value, how you spend your time and your money and where your current path is taking you.

If you feel brave enough, answer the questions on your blog and share them publicly. If not (or if you don't have a blog), take a notebook and pen and answer them quietly. Either way, it's a very useful exercise.

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