Got The Pre-Study Abroad Scaries? Well Girl, Me Too

Got The Pre-Study Abroad Scaries? Well Girl, Me Too

Part excited, part terrified, studying abroad is a whole different level of nerve wracking.

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Even if you've traveled abroad before, studying abroad can seem like a terrifying new experience. Especially if the duration of your trip is going to be a little longer than some. Like mine, which is over winter break (aka a whole month…yikes). I have about three weeks until I leave and it's just now setting in that I'll be away in a foreign country (relatively) alone, for a whole month. Even though I know it's going to be an amazing experience, the fear is definitely still there.

If you're anything like me, you stress about the fact that you have things to stress about…so preparing for a long trip during the already stressful last weeks of the semester is kind of (or you know, extremely) the worst. What to pack, how to pack under fifty pounds, etc, so on and so forth. It can seem like a lot to handle. Yet, that little voice in the back of my mind keeps saying "Shut up, this is going to be so much fun. You should be so grateful you have this opportunity." Of course, I know this, but it's still okay to be scared. Not only is it okay, but it's also totally normal. Hell, it'd be less normal if you weren't scared.

If you're studying abroad soon and you're scared out of your mind, my best advice for you (or us) is to just relax a little. I've found with situations like this, things tend to work themselves out. Especially if you're going on a well-planned program with your school. Safety-wise, your school will genuinely do their best to keep you safe. They want you to have a good experience just as much as you want to have one.

So from one stressor to another, you are in no way alone. Relax a little and have some faith in the process…no matter how horrifying that may seem. You're gonna have a blast abroad, and you know it.

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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.
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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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If You Want To Enjoy Spring Break Bring These 5 Types Of People Along

Or run the risk of misery.

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Now that one break is over, it seems as though everyone's minds are shifting right over school and on to the next one. The question is, "Where are you going for spring break?" There are many options when it comes to choosing a perfect destination, but here's a secret... it doesn't matter where you go, it matters who you go with! You could be somewhere tropical or on the top of a mountain, either way, you'll have the time of your life as long as you're with the right friends. So now we must modify the question to, "Who are the right people to go on spring break with?"

The must-have friends include:

1. The Documenting Friend

Someone who always seems to be taking funny pictures and videos for the memories. Be careful not to confuse this with someone who is always on their phone and can't go a second without it.

2. The Spontaneous Friend

When plans aren't needed to have a good time, you know you're with a fun friend! A person who is down for anything, but not to be mistaken with the friend who is down for anyone. They may seem fun at first and want to go out all the time, until they find that perfect someone they can take home and gallivant with, leaving you all by your lonesome.

3. The Organized Friend

Someone who is a good navigator and planner, but watch out for the micro-manager who can't let loose or the worry wart who has a sixth sense for impending doom.

4. The Traveling Connoisseur

Always on the lookout to maximize the trip and eat the best food, unless they have that been there done that attitude and are too entitle to be satisfied with anything.

5. The Boys

Because who else is going to do something stupid enough that we'll all still be talking about in 20 years. Just be weary of the two love birds who you, along with everyone else, will end up third wheeling on their couples retreat.

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