Studying abroad. It's fun and exciting, but can be a little nerve wracking too. It's a whole new experience, and with the excitement, it can be overwhelming in the beginning. It's hard to adapt to new places sometimes. Studying abroad, even for a short amount of time, can make or break a person. Here are 10 thoughts we'd all have/or have had before studying abroad.
1. How long is the plane ride? And what is the likelihood of my plane crashing.
I hope the person I sit next to doesn't mind me taking up a whole lot of room and sleeping on their shoulder.
2. If airports are involved, it'll be super stressful.
3. How can I blend in as much as possible and not look like a tourist?
Don't wear a Hawaiian shirt of any kind or running sneakers.
4. Do they know I'm not from around here? They probably do. Just act normal, it'll all be fine.
5. Will I make friends on this trip?
They can give the best tours, and let me in on all the locals' secrets.
6. Dear lord I hope I like the food.
No more food from home. I better like the food over there or I'll starve.
7. What if I get lost and never find my way back to my hotel room/dorm?
It's OK; I'll just live on the streets, constantly looking for my group. Wandering around until someone finds me.
8. No phone usage for my entire trip...
I was too cheap (for good reason) to get an international phone plan. They cost, like, $1,000. Just kidding, but I ain't messin' with those extra fees.
9. I'm definitely not going to want to do any homework.
I'll be too busy socializing and adapting (probably marvelously) to my new environment.
10. This is going to be an awesome experience, and I probably won't want to leave.
Some parts may be stressful, but this is going to be an experience I will remember for my whole life.