Wolfpack around the world
Post by Taylor Cashdan
“On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
If you’ve never heard those lyrics, don’t worry, because I hadn’t either. They’re from Willie Nelson’s song “On the Road Again” which is rated across the internet as the number one travel song of all time.
…which leads us to our topic for today: passports. Time to be blunt: go and get one. A passport is one of the best investments that you could possibly make. They serve as an alternate form of ID, they rank higher than any other from of identification, are universally accepted, and you can’t travel abroad without one.
“For real though, I’m not going to Europe anytime soon. Its a waste of 135 dollars.”
Au contraire mon frère*. Aside from being the most universally accepted form of ID, like stated above, how do you know that your intended degree program won’t offer an awesome study abroad program? Many design students choose to study at the Prague Institute during their tenure here. There’s also a good number of students that choose to take an extension of their language requirements abroad where they have the chance to interact with natives who speak the language they’re learning fluently. Or who knows, maybe you and some buds will want to go on a cruise for Spring Break? The possibilities are endless.
*Means ‘on the contrary my brother’ in French, which you might learn if you travel!
“But Taylor, I’m still in high school/getting ready to graduate/just graduated/attending State in the fall of 2013/whatever and don’t know how to go about getting one.”
No worries, once again, the university has your back. Yearly the Office of International Affairs holds a passport fair. At this fair you can start the process of getting your first passport or renew an old one. Regardless, you will need a check, your birth certificate or proof of citizenship, and one additional form of identification. The fair is also open to the public, so if you want to get one now, check out OIA’s website and come on by! Bring your family and your friends!
This year was the 9th Annual Passport Fair and I’m sure the folks at OIA don’t plan on it being the last.