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How COVID Changed my Abroad Experience

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. Law U chapter.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would get sent home after 2 months of studying in London due to a worldwide pandemic. I was having the time of my life, traveling to cities such as Paris, Brussels, Prague, and Budapest. I was able to get out of my comfort zone. Emerging in another culture, becoming better friends with the kids on my program, becoming independent. It was truly an experience I would do all over again in a heartbeat. There were so many trips I still wanted to go on and parts of London that I still hadn’t seen yet. I kept telling myself I have plenty of time left. Clearly, I thought wrong.

Getting sent home because of COVID taught me to embrace every moment in my life and do everything I want rather than push everything off. When I got home my world suddenly became so conflicted. I went from taking the tube to class every morning to being in a city to sit in my bedroom at home in a suburb of New York, not being able to leave. Also, I went from being independent to my parents breathing down my neck for every move I make.  There were moments I refused to look back at pictures from my time abroad because it made me sad that I still was not there. Every day that went by of me thinking, “Oh I was supposed to do this today.” I feel like I am always the one to think that I am always the victim of bad luck. I tend to feel like every time something goes wrong, I am on the other end of it. Little did I think that getting sent home would teach me a bigger lesson than what four months abroad could. I need to take more advantage of every second because in a blink of an eye it can change. From that point on I started saying yes to everything that I was invited to and started embracing my time at home because when would I ever be able to spend this much time at home again? 

Going abroad during the time of COVID certainly is the story of a lifetime. Who gets to say they went abroad during a worldwide pandemic? We all were joking around when the COVID rumors started coming about how it wasn’t a big deal. Little did I think that we would get to a point in time where masks were the everyday necessity. 

Even though my experience was shortened I am still happy about my time in London and learning how I am way more capable than I was aware of.


Just pictures of London and being abroad
Original photo by Julia DellaRusso


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Hi! I am Julia DellaRusso! I am a member of the Her Campus Chapter at St. Lawrence Unviersity! I am a communications major with a sports and exersize science minor. When I am not in class I am on the Field, as I am also a member of the Field Hockey team!! If you can't find me staying active or studying, you can usually find me watching an episode of Friends or enjoying a bowl of Pasta!!  Check out my articles below!! 
Allison ("Allie") Attarian studied Psychology and Communications at St. Lawrence University where she was a Campus Correspondent for HC St. Law U. Allie was also a Campus Community Management Intern for the Community Team at Her Campus Media. Her combined passion for creativity, reading, and writing sparked her interest in joining Her Campus. She loves traveling, listening to music, creating visual art, and spending time with friends. Check out her personal blog here.