Going abroad is going to be amazing, right? Right! But first you have to get there, and get the phone plan, and overcome jet lag, and learn the transportation system, and plan out your fabulous trips.
But going abroad also means leaving behind old friends at school and making new ones. Now, I love making new friends, but I also don’t want my friends at school to have fun without me. At all. Ever.
So when you’re going abroad, here are some emotions you might be going through!
1. Dealing with annoying family members and friends who laugh at your plans and say, “Don’t you know how expensive that’s gonna be?”
2. Planning outfits that you can wear a bunch of times without anyone noticing how infrequently you are doing laundry. Key: lots of black.
3. Oscillating between complete terror and shrieking excitement as the day of your flight draws near.
4. Googling cute coffee places in the area for you to casually study in, and then pretending that you just “happened” to stumble onto them.
5. Meeting a whole new cast of people.
6. Starting to check the cheapest flights anywhere.
7. Juggling everyone’s expectations of how your semester is going to go.
8. Figuring out how to act like a local when your accent gives you away.
9. Imagining your friends back home laughing together while you’re not there. And hating every second of their joy.
10. Brainstorming the perfect title for your abroad album.
11. Mentally preparing yourself to be embarrassed in a slew of different countries.
12. Having to deal with micromanaging parents while you’re literally an ocean away.
13. Having people correct your pronunciations of everything.
14. Avoiding take-out and learning to cook.
15. Going on a diet from trying so many delicious foods.