20 Things You’ll Definitely Understand If Your Year Abroad Is Almost Over
No matter where you’ve been on your year abroad, there are some things you’ll understand now that it’s about to come to an end.
1. Not being able to get your head around how fast the time has gone.
Can't believe my year abroad is finished in 10 days. Madness. Swear it was September 2 seconds ago.
— Catherine Kisanji (@KattyKisanji) April 29, 2016
2. Or the fact that you’ve made it this far, to be honest.
3. Because it doesn’t seem like that long ago that you were worrying you wouldn’t be able to do it.
me when I think about my year abroad pic.twitter.com/XndOdebC4r
— annie (@anniebananny_) April 27, 2016
4. Panicking that you haven’t made the most of your time away.
5. And feeling torn between a desire to stay longer.
6. And to leave as soon as possible.
7. Growing irrationally sentimental about everything and everywhere.
“There’s that bench I sat on when I’d only just arrived.”
8. And making a last ditch attempt to tick every last thing off your year abroad bucket list.
9. While attempting to find room in your suitcase for as many souvenirs as possible.
#YearAbroadProblems packing a suitcase into which you've shoved your duvet… and inside the duvet, 3 carefully wrapped bottles of champagne
— Amber McIntyre (@ambieeeeeeRose) April 22, 2016
10. Feeling excited to return to all the things you missed about home.
I am so sick of UHT milk #yearabroadproblems
— piers gorgon (@onesidedswedge) March 2, 2016
11. But also sad that you’re going to have to leave so many new friends behind.
12. And you can already feel the beginnings of reverse culture shock taking hold.
13. Having no idea how you’re going to cope returning to uni as if nothing ever happened.
14. Especially because so many of your friends on other courses will already have graduated.
15. As much as travelling can be a pain, you actually are going to miss it.
Study abroad problems: you become addicted to traveling. I must continue traveling this year
— Marry Gomez (@marryygomez) January 6, 2016
16. And after a year of living abroad as an exotic Erasmus student, you definitely don’t feel ready to just be a regular final year.
17. Partly because you’re worried that your language skills still won’t be good enough.
18. Or that you’ll just forget everything you’ve learned as soon as you leave.
19. But mostly because you know that being back at home will mean you can no longer avoid your ~future~.
20. And that you may never have the opportunity to travel like this again.