10 Types of People You Meet Abroad

When you go abroad, whether it is to study, work, or live, you meet hundreds of new people. When you live with 68 people from all over the world, you quickly recognize the 10 basic categories they can be put in. Here they are:

1) The first time traveler

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Never left your home country before, and when you finally did it was to spend five months with 68 strangers. Welcome to the world, now that you know it's yours make sure you take it easy. Oh, and sometimes it's better to quietly google your questions about global politics and what the capital of Estonia is...trust me on this one.

2) The smoker

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Is it snowing? Is it hailing? Is it raining men? Well, the smokers gonna smoke anyway. These are some of my favorite people. They will tell you that smoking is terrible for you as they take hit, and then you have great conversations in terrible weather and you become best friends. Seriously, cheers to the smokers, no matter what you're smoking.

3) The one that gets everyone drunk

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This is the person that yells, "I am ready to make bad decisions tonight," but what they really mean is, "I am ready to help all of you make bad decisions tonight and then be in bed by 1 am."

4) The alcohol connoisseur

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The wine swivel, holding their beer up to the light, smelling the gin, making small noises after a sip of ANYTHING. This person is here to school you on your nasty boxed wine. This is the person that wants to educate you on what good whiskey should taste like. This is the know it all that laughs at you for drinking Corona, or as they call it, Cat Piss Beer.

5) The mom

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You are loved and hated. You make sure we are well fed before we go out, and then you wake us up in the morning to remind us of our responsibilities. You are the person we go to when we feel homesick, and the person we avoid when we fail an exam. The look of disappointment in your eyes can strike our hearts, but we just met you?! Every friend group and dorm room need you.

6) The ghost

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This is the person whose name you noticed on their door but you didn't see them until 3 weeks into the program and it was just a glimpse of them in the kitchen. You may even befriend them at some point, but you will never see them outside of the dorm. This is the really quiet one, the one that no one knows their name, except for the ones that share a kitchen with them. If you do not know who this person is, YOU ARE THIS PERSON.

7) The Tinder addict

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You know the one dorm room that has a walk of shame coming out of it every other morning. This is the one that is always dressed well because they always have a date.

8) The adventure seeker

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Here's to the people that get to their abroad program but haven't been at home for months anyway. These are the ones that arrive with great stories about summer days in Paris, skiing days in Austria, hiking tales in Norway, sushi stories in Japan and they're from Australia or Canada or something on the other side of the world. These are the 20-somethings that decided that the world is their playground, and they wanted to play all day.

9) Miss or Mr. Congeniality

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Oh, the friendly people. The ones that share their food and booze. The ones you lose at parties within the first 3 minutes because they somehow know EVERY SINGLE PERSON. These are the ones that are rarely at the dorm because they share Facebook events and then they actually go, but when they are in the dorm they are feeding you and making sure everyone is comfortable.

10) The looks

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You have a person in your mind already, and if you're anything like me, you're also sweating a little just thinking about them. You know, the one whose face was carefully chiseled by the good Lord himself. The one that took a little bit longer to make, but oh was it worth it huh? Yeah, this is the person that every time you see them you think, well that's just unfair. But you love them anyway, or at least you sure do love looking at them.


With so many different types of people it can be difficult to get along, but that is just part if the adventure. As I enter my 3rd month abroad, I just want to say to my housemates, no matter which category you may be in, I love you guys and it is an honor to be able to write about you guys.

Stay tuned to meet some of my housemates!


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