Deciding To Study Abroad Was One Of The Most Nerve-Wracking Decisions I've Ever Made (3/26)

Deciding To Study Abroad Was One Of The Most Nerve-Wracking Decisions I've Ever Made (3/26)

Packing is going to be a b*tch

I wanted to headline this article "Abroad Regret," but that would have been wrong. I do not regret it, I am just nervous about it.

I guess I have pre-jitters.

This summer I plan to travel abroad to London, Paris, Prague, Strasbourg, and Berlin with LSU's Media and Politics Program. Truly an experience of a lifetime. But now anytime the idea creeps into my head, I am immediately flushed with anxiety. I have been eyeing this trip since freshman year (I am a junior, going on senior), so now that it is actually happening the nerves are beginning to creep in.

The money needed for the trip is one factor alone that could easily cause grey hair. But since I have been planning on taking this trip for a while, it is not completely eating me alive anymore.

^ My bank account lying to me that I can take this trip.

The other aspects associated with the trip are now beginning to have their wrath.

One major one: 15 other students are going on this trip, and I do not know a single one of them. Time to whip out my inadequate social skills I guess?

^ Me in every social situation. Ever.

Everyone who has ever gone abroad always insists that abroad friends are forever. But what if this isn't always true? What if the other students don't relate to my crippling awkwardness? What if the teachers become my only friends because they feel bad for me? Knowing me, this is entirely probable.

^ My professors to me.

Also, I am your basic b*tch who thrives off Nike shorts and t-shirts. This is not acceptable at all in Europe because they actually have fashion sense. Apparently, Europeans dress like they always have their shit together (which is always my goal, but I seem to never achieve it) so I need to get it together.

So, it's time to turn to the all-knowing Pinterest for help. I have spent endless hours scrolling through pin boards trying to learn how to become fashionable. I think it's starting to pay off, but I am also broke and haven't been able to buy any new clothes. So there's that.

^ What it looks like to become a slave to Pinterest's addictive powers.

Lastly, I know I am going to be insanely homesick. I am aware that I will definitely be awestruck by Europe's beautiful art and all, but I will also be missing all my loved ones back home in Louisiana. I am super sappy when it comes to long distance and missing people, so I pray that I don't drown in my own tears.

But I will also only be gone for a month, so there is a solid chance I will survive.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on Unsplash

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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