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22 Realities of Doing a Year Abroad You Really Weren’t Prepared For

No matter how prepared you thought you were, there are some realities of doing a Year Abroad that will take you by surprise.

1. Having to pretend you’re not suffering from intense culture shock because you want to fit in.

2. But feeling like you’ve literally never been more British in your entire life.

3. Immediately going blank the first time someone speaks to you in any language other than English.

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4. And having to just nod and agree with people because you have no idea what they’re saying.

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5. Stressing about every tiny mistake you make for hours after they happen.

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6. And resorting to practising conversations in your head way before you need to have them.

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7. Chickening out of speaking to someone because you’re afraid you’ll say something wrong.

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8. And doubting your translation of absolutely everything.

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9. Missing your family so much more than you anticipated.

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10. And feeling left out whenever you see your friends who are still at uni doing fun things without you.

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11. The feeling when you finally meet up with other English students and can speak without having to translate first.

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12. Becoming irrationally excited whenever you see British food in foreign supermarkets.

Jacob’s Cream Crackers OMGGGG 😍 🎉

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13. Getting overconfident in a conversation and then accidentally slipping back into English.

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14. Or making an effort to try out your language skills only to be replied to in English.

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15. Being permanently irritated by foreign bureaucracy.

“I already sent you the form multiple times whyyy don’t you have it???”

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16. And gaining a whole new appreciation for the art of queuing.

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17. Starting to dream in another language but not really understanding what you’re saying in them.

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18. Genuinely worrying that you’re forgetting how to speak English properly.

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19. And that rather than be fluent in more than one language, you’ll actually be fluent in none.

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20. Looking forward to going home but then suffering from reverse culture shock.

Which is even more distressing.

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21. Realising that some of your friends will have graduated by the time you’re back at university.

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22. And not understanding how you’re supposed to go back to being a regular student after such an eventful year.

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