Abroad and Alone: Don't Miss Out on 'Me Time' When Studying Abroad



COPENHAGEN, DENMARK- Studying abroad is the ultimate way to step out of your comfort zone. Not only are you living in a new city, in a different country with a different language, but also there are different grocery stores, clothing stores and of course, new people.

Getting thrown into all of these changes at once can be exciting. However, it can also be very stressful and nerve-wrecking. Changing your entire lifestyle can be overwhelming and it is easy to get caught up in your new schedule and friends, and forget who you really are.

Studying abroad is very similar to freshmen year of college. At first, it is hard to decide who to hang out with and what to do in your free time. Is your roommate going to be your best friend? Should you go out with everyone on your floor on Thursday night even though you have a 9 a.m. on Friday?

When it gets difficult to decide how you want your study abroad experience go, it is important to take a step back and spend some time in your thoughts. Go for a walk with no destination. Go food shopping. Call your friends from home.

Studying abroad should be a time to learn in a different way and discover new things about yourself. Don’t spend the whole time letting others make decisions for you and holding back because of the fear of being alone.

Being alone is great. It is important to make sure you are always your own best friend and study abroad is the best time to reinforce that friendship.