The First Week of Study Abroad
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The First Week of Study Abroad

As told through Dog GIFs, obviously.

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The First Week of Study Abroad
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Spring semester is finally here, and for me, that means I'm abroad! I've currently spent eight days in Paris, and it's been just as cool and weird as I thought it would be. Even if you're not in Paris, if you're abroad, you'll probably relate (at least some) to this article about 10 things you encounter in your first week abroad (as told through dog GIFs).

1. When you realize that you see famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower on your way to school:

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Happiness levels equal to those of these hot dogs running through a field.

2. When people reply to your French in English:

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I realize you're trying to be nice, but I'm not in Paris to improve my english!

3. When you realize that the age for bars and clubs is 18:

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4. When you realize you can eat awesome things, like crepes, every day:

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5. When you're lost on the metro:

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There's a map! This shouldn't even be possible...*gives up*

6. When you're confused about how much you should socialize with your host family:

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Do you want to talk to me? Do you want to be left alone? Life is difficult.

7. When you take the metro at midnight for the first time:

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Internal monologue: Be alert, be alert, be alert

8. When you realize that French people do not appreciate it when you ask to pet their dog:

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9. When you tell people you're American and the first thing they mention is Trump:

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We're not all like him, I swear!

10. When you realize drinking wine at dinner each day is perfectly normal:

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