New Friendships and New Adventures

After being in Singapore for a few weeks and visiting all of the major attractions, all of my friends and I were aching to go out and explore more. At the time, we could not yet leave the country because our student visas had not been processed yet. So, our first real adventure here in Singapore was visiting the nearby island of Pulau Ubin. A group on campus called GEM Club organized this event in order to intermix international students with local Singaporean students on a field trip to Pulau Ubin. Continue reading “New Friendships and New Adventures”

Adjusting to Life in Singapore

To study abroad or not to study abroad? That is the question. After months of debating, I made the decision to study abroad for a semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

After choosing to become an exchange student nearly halfway around the world, I asked the people I knew who had previously studied abroad for tips and guidelines, and with their advice I began planning my journey. All of my adventure-seeking peers warned me of the headache I would encounter while planning for the months ahead, but I was not warned of the intense struggle to adjust once I arrived in Singapore. Continue reading “Adjusting to Life in Singapore”


One of the best parts of studying abroad is how it drives you to do things you thought you would never do in life.

I can now say that I have first-hand experience with this, as I made the decision to do something that I hardly ever considered doing in the past: I decided to learn how to scuba dive! Continue reading “Eat.Sleep.Dive”

Getting Lost And Finding Yourself: A Study Abroad Tale

I am willing to bet at least most of you have heard a cliché or two about studying abroad. I know I did before I left. I remember reading blogs where they said, ‘When I went abroad, I had the chance to lose myself and get lost in the moment…’ and recall hearing individuals tell me, “Going abroad gives you the opportunity to truly find yourself.”

Now as beautiful as I find such statements, I was not completely sure I understood what they meant. I have never been a fan of getting lost, and I did not realize I needed to find myself. Where have I been? I was asked these questions several times before I left and did not answer them very seriously. It was not until actually being abroad that I started developing some real ideas on what such phrases truly meant. Continue reading “Getting Lost And Finding Yourself: A Study Abroad Tale”

Majulah Singapura!

Hello everyone! My name is Garrett Hein and I am studying abroad in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University. Before I get into all my adventures thus far, I want to give you all a brief look at how I ended up in this incredible and slightly unorthodox study abroad destination.

Currently I’m in the fifth year of my International Security and Conflict Resolution major at SDSU. For my degree, I have to study abroad, but I kept pushing it off due to financial reasons, worries about being the only one in my family obsessed with traveling around the world, and because I was not sure I could handle being away from all of the glorious food in San Diego (Cali burritos, In and Out, Chick-fil-a, etc.). Continue reading “Majulah Singapura!”

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