24 Things Everyone Who’s About To Do Their Year Abroad Is Currently Going Through
Having the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree is definitely something to feel excited about. However, if you’re just about to leave, you’ll know that it’s easier said than done.
1. Even though you’ve just spent the last year planning it, you feel like it’s very suddenly crept up on you.
2. And you genuinely don’t know how you feel about it any more.
I switch about 5 times a day from being terrified for my year abroad to being ridiculously excited.
— Sam Cooper (@samcooper07) June 17, 2016
3. The gravity of what you’re doing has really only just dawned on you.
Living abroad? For a year? By myself? Ha ha ha 😅😬
4. And you can feel the fear starting to take hold.
Is it normal to be more terrified than excited to be going on a year abroad?
— aoife (@_aoifescott_) August 16, 2016
5. You begin to doubt whether you can actually do this.
6. Or why you even got yourself into this situation in the first place.
7. You can’t remember the last time you had a conversation that didn’t involve talking about it.
8. And you’re not sure stalking everybody’s year abroad blogs is helping anymore.
9. You’re in a permanent state of worry that you’ve forgotten to sort out something extremely important.
But you can never work out what it is.
10. And you keep falling into a full blown panic about the most irrational of things.
Paranoid about my year abroad cause I don't think I've ever seen low fat crisps in Spain 😭
— katy (@katyoneillx) September 6, 2016
11. You wonder whether you could come up with a good enough excuse to get out of going.
12. While also feeling guilty for actually considering dropping out of such an amazing experience.
13. You have to keep pretending to seem way more excited than you actually are.
14. And just nod humbly when people tell you how jealous they are of you.
“You’re jealous of my crippling fear? Let’s swap, then.”
15. Even making plans to meet up with people when you’re there doesn’t really calm your nerves.
It only further reminds you that you’re going to have to live abroad. By yourself. Alone.
16. You have visions of yourself ending up lost or stranded somewhere.
17. And you have absolutely no idea how you’re supposed to fit your whole life into a suitcase.
18. Nor how you’re going to cope being so far away from your family and friends for such a long time.
19. And let’s not even talk about the language barriers.
How this year abroad has me rn pic.twitter.com/wamPo3W62e
— Laurie (@lauriejane13) April 21, 2016
20. Or what’s going to happen if you hate it there.
21. Or if you love it so much you never want to leave.
“How am I supposed to break that to my parents?!”