I'm completely stuck. How did everyone else decide what to write about?
This question was asked on 19th August 2014 and has been read 2746 times.
I also had no idea what to do before I left, but I was inspired by current events happening at the time, for example the death of Adolfo Suarez and the DÃa del Libro. You'll get a much better idea when you're there and can explore the museums, or find out about news stories or social problems that'll be interesting to investigate. Keep checking the newspapers, exhibitions, posters for events etc. just don't leave it til the last minute like I did!
I don't know what kinds of topics you are allowed to write about, but one of my options was to write a review of a contemporary film that I had seen while abroad. So I just went to the cinema with a few friends! :) Easiest year abroad essay ever. Try to find something that interests you - if you don't want to do the newspaper essay then don't choose it, it will be much more difficult to write.
Firstly, find something that has plenty of material available that you can use as sources when it comes to writing your project. It will be a lot more difficult if you pick something quite obscure/specialist with not much literature or other materials available to help you write it.
Secondly it helps to find a topic that interests you, as this will make the whole experience somewhat less stressful. Granted, German student loan reforms wasn't exactly making me jump for joy, but, referring to point one, at least I was able to find plenty of news articles about it, plus I was able to interview a couple of people and carry out a student survey on it.
Finally, don't be scared to ask your project supervisor for their opinion. Mine was happy with my proposal, but I know a few people in my course got gently pointed in the right direction by their supervisors.
I agree that current affairs are a good thing to write about as there is lots of recent information available and your university will probably like it. I did my year abroad in Melilla, which is a Spanish territory in Morocco, therefore there are problems with immigration, so I focused on that. I also focused on the effect of immigration on employment, which is affecting Spain quite badly at the moment.
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