I'm Going Abroad And I'm Terrified

I'm Going Abroad And I'm Terrified

I just have a lot of questions
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Okay terrified might be a bit of an overstatement.

Anyway, I'm going to Florence for a whole semester in January. I am over the moon with excitement about being in a new place but there are lots of uncertainty out there and I'm definitely someone who enjoys knowing exactly what is going to happen. I am scared that getting there on my own, without a travel buddy, will not work out the way I want.

Sure, I have traveled my whole life, but there is something about doing it completely solo that freaks me out just a little. I'm also scared that I won't make any friends, which again is totally irrational because I know that I totally will. I just have so many questions:

Will this experience be as fantastic as everyone says that it is? (answer: of course it will be).

How in the world am I going to be able to communicate when I get there not knowing any useful Italian?

Who the heck and I going to live with?

And more importantly, will we get along?

What is my apartment going to look like?

If I can't even navigate directions in America, how in the world am I going to do it in a foreign language?

HOW IN THE WORLD AM I SUPPOSED TO FIT FOUR MONTHS OF CLOTHES INTO ONE SUITCASE???

What will everything be like when I get back home in May?

My fear is that my friends and I will have drifted and that it'll be hard to get back into the swing of things. Easy fix: stay in the loop with facetime and don't let you and your friends drift! What if I end up loving it so much over in Italy that I hate the idea of coming back to America? What will it be like to come home and not have fresh pasta and a plethora of gelato at my fingertips anymore?

I know that this experience is one that I will never forget and I should just let go of all of the anxiety that I'm having over things I can't control and the fears that are completely irrational (which is most of them). It's just hard to do when everything is new. I just need to move past it because come January, the gif below will be me #af


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10 Things You Know To Be True If You Live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

"Take the B", they said.
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For anyone that is currently living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and or has lived there, you know it's an *interesting* experience. From the various food joints, to the movie theater, everyone's love/hate relationship with Crazy George, Emmons Avenue, the B/Q trains, the new apartment complex that some people love and others completely despise, and everything in-between, there's no other neighborhood that's just like Sheepshead. You know you're from Sheepshead when:

1. You've either spotted Crazy George somewhere out on the streets or in a random location (usually in Dunkin' Donuts).


Don't get me wrong — it's not funny that he appears to have problems, but it's also not ideal that he goes into various stores harassing the workers. He's a one of a kind human being and I do wish the best for him and/or that he does get some help.

2. When it comes to Brennan and Carr and Roll n Roaster, you either love one of them much more than the other.

As much as I love Brennan and Carr's Gargiulo burger, I'm more of a Roll n Roaster person. Their personal pizza is nice and their fries are to die for -- and yes, I want cheese on that, please.

3. You either love or hate that new apartment complex that's in the works.

You know, this one at 1501 Voorhies Ave.

4. You've become used to the B and Q trains either being delayed, messed up, crowded, and or nonexistent.

"Take the B they said. It's express they said." If I told you how many times the B has gone local, out of service, and or on fire in Brooklyn, then maybe you'd hate it just as much as I do at times. Don't even get me started about how crowded it is - especially during rush hour.

"What about the Q train?" The Q's not much better. It has its times where it goes express in Brooklyn as opposed to local, which doesn't help if you're getting on/off at Neck Road or Avenue U.

5. You either go to UA Sheepshead, another movie theater or don't even bother with movie theaters.

Although going to UA Sheepshead is convenient, their prices are very special for just an average movie theater.

6. You either stick to shopping and dining along Sheepshead Bay Road and or Emmons Avenue or go elsewhere either in the neighborhood, other neighborhoods, or to the city.

While they're both convenient parts of Sheepshead Bay, there are other parts of the neighborhood to go to, such as Nostrand Ave. Sometimes, it's easier to flock to other parts of Brooklyn, but there are times where going to the city is worth the commute.

7. You either shop at Cherry Hill or avoid it completely.

While there are other supermarkets in the neighborhood, Cherry Hill is the only one on Emmons that is open 24/7. Their prices might be high for the neighborhood, but their prices could be much worse.

8. You remember when Sheepshead Bay High School was one school...

...and not an educational complex.

9. You're still low-key bothered about how the neighborhood recovered after Sandy.

I'm not going to say that it was the same after the hurricane. Although it didn't take the longest time to recover, that doesn't mean that damage wasn't done.

10. But regardless of how you may feel, by the end of the day, you're probably still super in love with the neighborhood.

It's an incredibly unique neighborhood. You can take someone out of Sheepshead but you can't take the Sheepshead out of someone.

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15 Things To Know When Coming To The City Of Champions

Yeah honey, we are talking about Boston, Massachusetts

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Welcome to the best city on earth. The city where our baseball team has a patented color, you can drive 90ft below Earth's surface, and the first college in North America opened (yeah, you Harvard)! We know we are great, and we have no problem telling you all about it; but before booking your next family vacay, remember these 15 things, and good luck!

1. No one says "park your car in Harvard yard!"

First of all, if you park your car in Harvard's yard, you will get ticketed and towed. Also, if you ask us to say this specific phrase we will purposely pronounce everything perfectly just to grind your gears. We are NOT stupid.

2. We have the best sports teams.

If you're from New York and about to try and argue this point, shhh.. just shhh. No one wants to hear it. Ever. Also, we have two chants "Yankees suck" and "Beat L.A." Both are appropriate at all times. Did we mention the 11 parades in 17 years too?

3. We sure do run on Dunkin'

Walk to any street corner in Boston and there will be a Dunkin Donuts, we promise. No matter the season we order ice coffee and "regular" means cream and sugar.

4. The "Freedom Trail"…

First of all, it is really long…too long. Second, it is not that cool. You can skip it, trust us on this one! OH and the Plymouth Rock - it seriously is just a rock.

5. We are not ALL jerks.

We just don't want to talk to you, help you or look at you. God, it is 10 am dude, no one can possibly be THAT happy even after three iced coffees

6. Driving

Speed limits, do they exist in Boston? Technically, yes and it only goes up to 65mph. In reality, absolutely not. It is every man for themselves out there. Also, every street is one-way. And they all go the wrong way from where you want to go. Good luck!

7. The Cape

No, it is not something you wear, it is where you go. Cape Cod is a mystical land that only exists in the minds of tourists.

8. "Wicked"

Yes, we all know this is a very famous Broadway musical, and that was wicked awesome too. But here we stick to our version - wicked = really

9. Chowder (Chowdah)

You know? Clam chowder? It is white and creamy. Anyone who says otherwise is silly and ignorant.

10. The term "Masshole"

If you call us a "Masshole" we will giggle and agree with you. That is not an insult. Try again.

11. The Shores

Never ask a Bostonian which shore is better (North or South). They're both good, but the south shore is WAY better. Unless you're from the north shore, in which case, you're wrong (again).

12. Bud Light

Yes, this is an appropriate answer to most questions. For example: What are you in the mood for? Why did you go home with him or her? What are you bringing to Thanksgiving?

13. Lobster

We can eat a two-pound lobster without using tools. If you need tools, you ARE a tool.

14. We only acknowledge three other states:

Anything west of Route 495 is New York. Anything west of New York is California and anything south of New York is Florida.

15. Massachusetts Invented America.

You can thank us in Bud Lights (see above).

Love,

The Bostonians

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