Preparing To Study Abroad
Start writing a post
Health Wellness

Preparing To Study Abroad

Before the adventure begins...

Preparing To Study Abroad

After months of applications and preparations, in just one short week I will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Before I begin my final year of college, I will be traveling across the pond to London, England for a two-month study abroad program; I will be learning all about the history of the United Kingdom, as well as the modern day world that it is a part of. The program allows students the opportunity to grow as individuals and learn more about themselves, making the option to go on this trip all the more appealing. As the time has finally come to move to another country, the preparations have slowly begun, but have proven more difficult than one might think.

Study abroad is known to be a time where students expand their horizons further than they ever thought possible, and to learn more about the world and the cultures that inhabit it. Everyone who goes on these trips returns as a better version of themselves, excited and eager to tackle every obstacle they face; Study abroad programs teach young adults how to be independent, and not just the independence that going to college has given them. The new-found confidence can give students the push they need to excel in their lives.

Although it will be a great time to see the world and try new things, the idea of moving to a different continent can be scary, and for me it's very scary. I've grown up with American norms as a lifestyle, and adjusting to a completely different life with strangers is overwhelming to think of. New culture, new city, and new people are a lot to handle at once in a very short period of time. But, even though it may be scary leading up to months of waiting, I know it will end up being great; It's like my freshman year of college all over again. I'm going to a new school not knowing anyone, in a new place I've never been before, with the unkown waiting for me. Although that may have seemed hard before it began, it has ended up being the greatest three years of my life thus far, so I know that this trip is going to be nothing short of amazing.

There truly is no way to really prepare yourself for an adventure like this; You can plan every day down to a tee, but things happen that you may not have expected, and those moments usually turn out to be some of the best. As much as I may say how prepared or unprepared I am, it will not matter until the moment that plan touches down in another continent; Until that moment, all of the 'preparing' I will be doing will be mental, to ensure that this trip turns into one that will never be forgotten.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments