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A Girl's Guide to the Geneva Dialogue

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S: A Girl's Guide to the Geneva Dialogue

BC: Kate Chandley Geneva Dialogue 2012 Creative Project

FC: A Girl's Guide to the Geneva Dialogue | By: Kate Chandley Geneva Dialogue 2012

1: Before you leave: | 1. Pack lightly! You will be sharing a very small room with five other girls. If everyone has two suitcases it can be a tight fit. The room has six people in it. You will also each have a locker that is pretty big. I had a bottom bunk so I used one suitcase as a drawer and left it open under my bed. My other suitcase and all my shoes stayed in my locker.

2: Some things you should bring! Hangers Towels Shower sandals Comfortable sneakers for hiking a variety of heels Toiletries (if you take these and then don't bring them back that leaves room in your suitcase for purchases you made) A reusable water bottle All of your beauty products (I forgot plenty and ended up spending a lot on make up remover, nail files, etc.) An adapter! The ones that are more rectangular and less circular are the ones that fit in the plugs by your bed and in the bathroom so that is the best kind to get.

3: A cardigan to wear when it is cold. If you go in Summer I, prepare for rain! Summer II is warmer and drier, Summer I can be a little chilly and the rain is a regular occurrence. An umbrella that will fit in your purse is a good idea. Your most comfortable pair of flats! There are a lot of hills and cobblestones, your feet will thank you. A purse that is large enough to carry everything you need on a daily basis--your notebook and occasionally laptop as well as the shoes you are changing into. Sunscreen It costs less to check two bags than it costs to check one overweight bag on Lufthansa. Look at fees to figure out how you should pack.

4: Things to know about Geneva Bottled water is very expensive and the tap water is good. To order tap water in a restaurant in French, you can say "l'eau du robinet" When you go to the grocery store Migros you will have to buy a bag if you need one, so you should buy one and keep it for the trip. Always have your public transportation card, you will use it a lot and they do randomly check for them on occasion. Read through the All Things Considered document. There are quite a few great restaurants listed in it that you should definitely go to.

5: At the UN | The coffee in the machine is pretty good and definitely the cheapest you will find in Geneva. | There is no A/C, so it gets pretty warm, even on a day that is not too warm outside. Dress appropriately for the weather. | Network! You are learning a lot, but you are also looking toward your future. Don't miss the opportunity to get to know someone.

6: In your first week: | Get to know your roommates! They will be with you for a month! At least one of them will become one of your best friends on this trip! | Find someone with different interests! One of my best friends on this trip was majoring in chemistry!

7: Your TAs are human. They want to enjoy this trip too, so become friends with them too. | Most importantly! Participate in class and outside of class! Sure, its part of your grade to ask questions, but you should do so much more than that. You have an amazing opportunity and if you're going it means you are passionate about this. Take advantage! If you are interested in what a speaker is saying, ask questions in class or after class, get their email and ask more questions later. You're here to learn about something you are passionate about. Don't miss any opportunity.

8: As the trip goes on: | You are going to get tired and worn out. Try to do everything anyway. You are only there for a month, so you will make it through! If you have the opportunity to go for a hike, do it! | Who knows if you will have a chance like this again!

9: If you have some free time on the weekends, go on a day trip! | I went to Annecy, France which was only an hour bus ride away from Geneva. If you want to do an overnight trip, common destinations were Madrid and Zurich.

10: Just eat it! There is so much good food. Try it even if you think you won't like it. And DO NOT worry about calories or fat content. It is one month and you walk around a lot. | Buy something nice for yourself while you are there. (I personally added these flats to my collection from a shoe store in Old Town). The stores in Old Town are great, if you love something and it isn't way too expensive, get it for yourself. You deserve it!

11: Don't worry if you take a long time to figure out what you are going to write your paper on! I decided the week before the paper was due. You will have plenty of time as long as you utilize your time well | Take pictures everywhere you go. Your family will want to see pictures (preferably with you in them) as soon as you get back.

12: Do some of the really fun things in lectures. | IF YOU GET A CHANCE... | Go on a supplementary hike!

13: Pay attention to Professor Garcia and her husband. Their love is something extraordinary. | Pay attention and learn a lot! | Write your paper on a topic you find interesting. | In Conclusion... | __________________________________________________________ | Have the time of your life!

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