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It’s that time of year again! A much needed spring break to leave the books at home, let loose and have some fun! I know you can already feel the sun on your face just thinking about it, but before you grab your swimsuits and head south towards the usual destination, consider some of our favourite Spring break destinations too!
Paris – For all the art Louvre’s!
Pun intended! Haha! But seriously, pun’s aside, Paris has a lot to offer those who are looking for an alternative to the traditional sun soaked spring break festivities! Especially for those who have a passion for the finer things in life, such as arts and architecture! The spring season in France can be a mixture of beautiful days and chilly romantic nights, and the city comes to life with early blooms and dazzling lights! This is a great chance to see the city in many shades. Photographers and Instagramers rejoice: No filter necessary!
Due to the fact that Paris is not in the midst of its’ peak season at this time of year, you can be sure to get more bang for your buck and you will face fewer crowds, making this a great opportunity to invest in visiting this European destination of your dreams!
Got your passport out and ready to go? You simply MUST see the Eiffel Tower: worth every penny! On a sunny day with clear visibility the beautiful structure and consistency of the city of Paris is jaw dropping from every corner! The first floor has a transparent floor where you can wonder out onto the glass and take in the view from 57 meters below! At 115 meters, you can take in the views of Paris from the second floor, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can take the lift all the way up to the third floor 276 meters high! Be prepared to experience a serious case of the “Jell-O legs” as you exit onto the viewing platform if you are not a natural lover of heights!
The Musee du Louvre is also so much more than the Mona Lisa and a chance to take a selfie with the glass pyramids outside (though we highly suggest you do this too while you are there)! The Notre Dame Cathedral is another Parisian icon, and taking it in both from the outside and the inside is a must, especially during a mass! Latin songs echo off the steep walls and delicate painted windows. The smell of incense and the soft candlelight is dizzying. Somehow within all the awe, one can find a certain relaxation with the rhythm of the comings and goings inside. It is an experience you have to feel to believe!
Foodie? Paris by Mouth Food Tours is a great way to get the inside scoop on some of the best eateries around town! Travelers are simply raving about Paris by Mouth Food Tours, and there is no question in our mind that you should be too! In 3 hours time expect to taste the best food and beverages that Paris has to offer with special attention paid to the seasonality of the food culture! Prepared to be stuffed, and very happy!
London – Harry Potter and History!
Admit it: You are all about London because of Harry Potter! No? Well then you are certainly going for the history! These are two of the hottest attractive features of this grand city! None the less, in London there is always something for everyone! Grab your umbrella, because there may be a little rain, but don’t let that dampen your spirits!
Spend a half-day at the Tower of London. Wow, all that history! Can you hear the calls of the murder of crows that call the tower home? Can you almost feel the powerful emotions of those who were held captive and met their untimely end here? How about the pull of the crown jewels, or the undeniable presence of a long timeline of valuable historic movements? Do take advantage of the audio guide! There is a LOT to take in here!
Want the best view in London? The View from the Shard is an exhilarating experience beginning with two quick 30 second leaps to the observation deck spanning the 68th, 69th, and 72nd floors. At the top, take in the one of a kind experience to see 360-degree views of London from 244 meters high!
Big Ben and the London Eye are two of the most iconic and photographed sights in London, hands down! They are also in close proximity for a good stroll! Any trip to London would not be complete without exploring the area around these giants! Take in the might of the River Thames, which separates these two beauties by way of the Westminster Bridge. This is a perfect place for a sunset stroll to take in this legendary neighbourhood in various light settings, making it a fun place for photo-ops! Stroll a bit away from the river and explore the Westminster Abbey where a multitude of famous unions and burials have taken place by royals!
Let’s face it, we are all still recovering a bit from the fact that our owl got lost while trying to deliver our letter to Hogwarts! Luckily for us, there is a place full of the magic that has roots deep within our childhood, and that is the site of the Warner Brothers Studios where almost all of the 8 Harry potter films were shot!
Pass the cramped cupboard under the stairs where it all began and walk right threw the doors into the great hall, and zig zag your way threw the wide variety of props and sets taken strait from the films, as well as the technical rooms which unveil the secrets and tidbits that made all the magic come to life! Sip on an ice cold butter beer midway and don’t forget to snap a picture of your butter beer moustache! Towards the end of the self-guided tour, pause to admire the original artwork created for the movie storyboards, as well as the model of Hogwarts castle from which all of the outside castle scenes were shot!
Last but not least, enjoy the ends of your evenings in London over a hearty meal and an ice cold drink. You will not be lonely long! The people of London can be very warm and inviting, so be prepared to extend your night in the city with the buddy you bumped elbows with at the nearby pub! Cheers!
Ireland – St.Paddy’s day
Ahhh the luck of the Irish! You can feel it in the air particularly in March as the Irish ring in their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
First and foremost, if you want to be in the centre of all the action, Dublin is where it’s at! Whether you are visiting because of roots or because of curiosity, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! For the full experience, squeeze yourself into a local hostel to meet up with several other spring breakers who crossed the puddle to have a good time!
Put on your greenest frocks and make your way down to the festival area. The parade is something that is certainly NOT TO BE MISSED! This colourful and engaging experience full of live music and performances is certainly one of kind in its’ own right! Follow the crowds afterwards to find wonderful food, drink and company to fill your evening with!
Taking part in this all is also a great way to take an informal walking tour of all of the sights of downtown Dublin, as the festival area and parade are located in such a close proximity that they would be hard to miss! There are also parties on-going and on-going, so you can be sure to never be bored! In your free time between celebrations, don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse and the Irish Whiskey Museum, because: reasons!
So Europe just can’t kick the call of the sea? We understand, with summer just around the corner, why not get yours in a little early?
Bahamas – The new Cancun!
Yep, you heard right! Cancun is a classic, yes, but why not explore another island paradise instead this year? In Nassau, the capital and largest city of the Bahamas, you get the full spring break party experience as well as a chance to relax in paradise!
Go with the flow, and do what you want! A wide variety of parties can be found all over the island day and night, so you will never run low on options to mix, mingle, and get down! From hopping bars, to wave beaten turquoise beachfronts and every little detail in between, this could be the best spring break of your entire life!! Why not try a party boat? Or why not take part in few wild water sports? You know you always wondered what its like to go parasailing! Grab your swim gear and get ready to soak up the sun with thousands of other students from all around!
Want to live the life of luxury? Splurge to stay at Atlantis, or at one of the notorious all-inclusive resorts around the island. Nothing more to worry about than having the time of your life! On a Shoestring? There are loads of amazing places to stay on the island, and food is quite affordable in the Bahamas!
Puerto Rico – Unexpected Adventure of a Lifetime!
Even though Puerto Rico is not as virally advertised as a spring break destination, for a very affordable price and without the need for a passport for American travellers, Puerto Rico has the potential to become one of the hottest spring break destinations in years to come!
From its’ stretch of beautiful beaches, to the call of the wild in the rainforest, the landscape itself is breath-taking and an excellent host for various outdoor activities to explore in the daytime! The nights are also full of life, and parties are not in low supply either!
You can find all the basics for an excellent spring break in Pureto Rico, so grab your ticket and just remember to not forget your sunscreen! Have a blast, stay safe and best of luck to you for the rest of your semester!
First of all, allow me to introduce myself! I am Aija, the new marketing intern at Study Advisory. I’m happy to start my internship here in Hong Kong, especially as the Chinese New Year celebration has already begun, and I’m so excited to see what will happen this week!
The start of every year is a time filled with optimism, hopes and aspirations. It is when plans and goals are made. I just met one of my own long time goals – to live in Hong Kong!
I am from Finland and I have travelled a lot around the world. During the years I have done several student exchanges; I have studied in Mexico, South Korea and Germany. I need to admit, it’s pretty crazy to do three student exchanges in less than two years, but for me it was an adventure to meet new people and to get to know about other cultures. As it is my final year studying at university, I wanted to do an internship before graduating, and then I magically found myself in Hong Kong!
So in the spirit of Chinese New Year and the hope of new beginnings, I would like to say a little bit about how to reach your study goals in 2016.
What’s sad is that most people fail to realize their goals. In most cases it is only because goals are not 100% clear and therefore it is difficult to know what actually to do to achieve these goals.
Some might be struggeling to decide where to study. Luckily, Study Advisory was founded to help students make the best possible decisions for possibly the most important decision of their life: knowing what and where to study.
Which university? What to study?
When trying to decide where to go and what to study, it is good to consider the following things. So, grab your pencil and write down the answers to what is important to you when deciding your future study place and career path.
- What am I’m interested in?
- What do I want to study?
- What will I learn?
- Do I have the appropriate grades/ background for it?
- How flexible is the program?
- Do I want to study abroad?
- Do I want to gain work experience while studying?
- Do I want a programme that leads to a specific career or a variety of careers?
- What do I want from the study location?
- What do I want to do while I am not studying?
- What type of institution is best?
- New/ old?
- Vocational orientation/ research-led?
- Campus/ city?
- Big/ small?
- How many students?
- Where do the students come from?
- What is the level of competition among peers?
Most people go to university only once, so it’s important to think broadly about what you want to study and where. Surely, after graduation you want to be able to say, “I enjoyed my time”. It is all about the overall experience – not just top ranking.
What do rankings mean?
There are both official (state sponsored) rankings and are unofficial (newspaper) rankings. Each ranking list uses different definitions, criterias and indicators to measure quality and different weights for each indicator. For this reason, the ranking results are also very different. Have a closer look at the rankings and you may find that the aspects covered by one of the ranking is more important to you than those included by another ranking.
Universities can be ranked very differently on different lists due to the criteria used – not just the characteristics of the school itself. What these lists can provide is a good starting point for researching different universities, and can even help you discover universities you have not even heard of before.
You can use rankings as one of the, rather than just the, source of information to research universities. Just because a university is at the top doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right university for you. Equally, just because a university is towards the bottom doesn’t mean it isn’t right for you.
Every student looks for different criteria in a university. Decide on your priorities up front. The most important things to you could be the content of the course, or the distance of the university from your home, or even the entry requirements or the long-term career possibilities. Create your own list of courses and universities based on these priorities.
In the end, your top 10 list may be completely different from any magazine’s—or even from your best friend’s list. So don’t take the rankings too seriously—the most important question is what university is the right fit for YOU?
As a hint of advice
Do your research, be realistic. Ranking is just a way of measurement. Look at the indicators that matters to you. Think beyond the rankings. Do what you enjoy. If you have studied abroad it shows that you are not afraid of challenges!
From all of us in Study Advisory, we wish a happy Chinese New Year, and we hope that we have helped you plan for achieving your study goals! Go out in the world and face new challenges head-on, grow and discover just how awesome you are!