The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Studying Abroad
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The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Studying Abroad

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The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Studying Abroad
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You're having the time of your life and thinking about how lucky you are to be in X place with Y and Z people when suddenly, a dark thought inches its way into your happy bubble. You're about halfway through your semester abroad. *Cue the infamous Jaws music* You're halfway through your wonderful break from reality?! How did this happen?! Where did all the time go?! Well here's a list compiling some of the major signs that you've hit the halfway mark on your abroad "study" (in that order).

1. You realize that you've actually seen a lot of the things you've been planning to see for months -- if not years.

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Your dreams become reality on a daily basis.

2. You start to become really clever when it comes to finding the cheapest options to continue having fun.

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Let's be honest, that student discount has saved you many times already... on that note...

3. This is your reaction when you look at your bank account.

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Whoops.

4. You realize how hard it is to motivate yourself academically anymore.

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That's you every time you try and start an assignment...

5. You start to wonder why every major monument has to have 1,000 stairs.

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Why couldn't these medieval people have invented elevators yet? Didn't they know how high my cholesterol would be now?!

6. You have to get a running start to fit into the clothes that fit you fine two months ago.

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7. It starts to hit you that people back at your home college are actually continuing their lives like normal -- even though you've been gone forever.

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How dare they?!

8. You start feeling like a local wherever you're studying -- even if no one else sees you that way.

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9. You start judging tourists -- and your abroad friends start saying things like, "I just don't want to do the touristy things."

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We are all tourists.

10. You start to pick up all the trends in whichever country you're staying in... Example: On the metro in Denmark like:

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Small talk is not a thing.

11. You start to feel a little homesick but also have so much anxiety about leaving the amazing place you call home now.

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I don't understand how I feel.

12. You remind yourself to stay in the moment and just soak it all in, because you're experiencing something life-changing and awesome.

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Can I stay abroad for the rest of my life?

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