What You Should Know About Study Abroad from Someone Abroad

Collegiettes, there are two words that can create both excitement and anxiety in a college student. What could these two words be? Study abroad. We’ve all heard about it probably since high school, and while it always seemed so exciting, there were a lot of unknowns. I myself have come to terms with these as I’m currently studying abroad in London. As someone who is starting to get a handle on living in a different country, I have some helpful hints and tips about studying abroad.

 

The “Rollercoaster” Metaphor Is Real

You’re going to hear this one a bit if you’re planning to study abroad: it can be a rollercoaster of emotions. While it does sound cliché, I can tell you from experience that it’s true. I had been excited to study abroad for a long time, but as it got closer, I got nervous about it all. Once I ran into fellow Fairfield Stags, I felt excited again. However, once I got into my room at a new campus, I felt homesick. Something that you should remember Collegiettes is that it’s completely normal and does not define your whole experience. Personally, I have worked past this and have been enjoying myself ~across the pond~. 

 

Budget, Budget, Budget!

Ah yes, if you’re like me, the thought of figuring out a budget gets your hands clammy and heart-pounding, but it’s necessary because studying abroad is quite ~expensive~. This especially applies to places in the UK and the EU since their currency is worth more than ours. I have started trying to buy more groceries and only going out to eat on the weekend when I’m traveling around England. You can get a few days’ worth of groceries for around the same price as one meal at different restaurants. 

 

Traveling to Other Countries is Fun but Don’t Forget to Spend Time in Your Host Country:

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the accessibility to all of these different countries that were so far away when you’re in the U.S. If you can get out to visit other countries while studying abroad, go for it. It’s an amazing experience! I went to Paris recently for the weekend, and I loved every second of it. With that being said, don’t neglect your host country. I have been in England for almost a month, and there is so much I haven’t done yet. I haven’t even explored a lot of London yet! Your host country has tons to offer, so take advantage of it while you can.

 

Studying abroad is an experience I 100% recommend. To anyone planning on it, remember to stay safe and have so much fun. I’ll see you next semester Collegiettes when I am back in the good ole US of A!