18 Very Real And Somewhat Horrifying Thoughts You Have Before Going Abroad

18 Very Real And Somewhat Horrifying Thoughts You Have Before Going Abroad

The thoughts you have after the 'it's a once in a lifetime experience'.


Studying abroad is such an amazing opportunity and if you ever have the chance to pursue it, don't hesitate. It really is a once in a lifetime experience that you shouldn't pass up while in college. Even though it is amazing for so many reasons, there are also so many crazy thoughts that run through your head on a daily basis as your departure date nears. Here is my personal list of wild thoughts that frighten and excite me every day about going abroad.

1. How am I supposed to fit my entire life into a suitcase?


You're telling me I need to survive off of only one suitcase of my belongings for five months? Where do I begin on stuffing three seasons worth of clothes, shoes, accessories, toiletries and mementos into one bag?

2. The classic 'Taken' scene


Liam Neeson is not my father, so looks like I'm done for.

3. What if I meet the love of my life in some random foreign country and we never see each other again?

The. Most. Tragic. Love. Story. Ever.

4. What happens if I don't understand the language?

I fail and that's the end of it? Hop on the next plane back to the states and accept endless confusion and defeat?

5. What if I am completely out of style?


They say Europe is like three years ahead in fashion. Is my classic cardigan and ripped jeans look not in anymore?

6. Will they ever stop making fun of my clear American accent?

Already prepared to be made fun of in a foreign language every day of my life.

7. *Imagines myself overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, sipping out of a champagne glass in silk pajamas on a balcony*


Yeah, I wish.

8. Who am I going to miss most?

Will it be my mom? Dad? The cute boy who sits next to me in class that I've never talked to? I just don't know.

9. What if I hate ALL of the food and they don't have cheeseburgers?


Accepting the fact that I may be starving myself for five months.

10. Will I even want to come back home?

Maybe I'll fall in love with the culture and never come home and live out my life in a foreign country by myself.

11. Who is going to take care of me when I get sick?


My mom isn't going to fly across the world to make me homemade chicken noodle soup and my roommates aren't going to be there to give me medicine every four hours.

12. Will I be different when I come back?

Will people be able to tell how much more travelled and cultured I am when I come back home?

13. I wonder how many countries I can explore before I run out of time and money 


I pretty much want to see every inch of Europe, so we'll see how far I can get.

14. Is anyone going to miss me?

Will my friends and family even notice that I'm half way across the world?

15. How will I leave all the incredible people I meet abroad after five months?


I already think coming back home will be just as emotional as leaving home. I am not ready for either experience.

Is it too late to withdraw? 

I am freaking out. Stress. Finals. Foreign language. Alone in a foreign country. Ahhhhh.

17. Five months is soooooooo long 

I have to be away from home and all my family and friends for five whole months. How am I going to survive?

18. Five months is NOT long enough to be abroad

Who can accomplish all their personal goals, travel plans and become better at a foreign language in only five months?

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.


When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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