Reflecting on a Semester Abroad- Hannah

This post comes to us from API Alumna and current Global Leader, Hannah Bowman. Hannah studied in Lisbon, Portugal and is a student at the University of South Carolina. 

Bullet journaling is a take on traditional journaling. Instead of full sentences and paragraphs that summarize your day, a bullet journal’s primary base are bullet points. This can develop into a variety of layouts that all seem connected to each other. My personal bullet journal is full of to-do lists, wish lists, ideas, favorite quotes, and other things that strike me as inspirational. Some pages are just artwork, and some serve a larger reflective purpose, like the one I’ve shared here.

I created these pages for my study abroad reflection (to reflect on my time as a study abroad participant in Lisbon, Portugal) . I knew of specific things that I wanted to include in the reflection but I didn’t know how I was going to lay them out. To me, the format is one of the most important parts of any entry in my journal. I enjoy using a variation of ‘fonts’ and sticking to a color theme.

To begin, I wrote out the heading. On the right page, I knew I wanted to include the weekend excursions I went on and my favorite places in Portugal. Below each place, I wrote bullet points summarizing the location, what we did, a cool fact, or a distinct emotional feeling.

The left side was going to be more of an emotional reflection. I started the page with my expectations of my study abroad experience. I then worked on summing up the biggest lesson I learned which was self-sufficiency. This focused my reflection onto the last two weeks of my study abroad program, which can be seen in the photo.

To me, keeping a bullet journal is an effective way to release some creative energy, in addition to keeping a record of my every day and those once in a lifetime experiences.

Enter your name and email to get new posts by email!

“Best of the Blogs” -
“Top Study Abroad Blogs” -
“Blog of the Week” -
“Top 10 Study Abroad Blogs You Should Be Reading” - The Study Abroad Blog
"The Best Meaningful Travel Articles of 2016"
  • We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you have provided. Please check out our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!