17 Struggles All International Students Will Recognise When They Go Home For Summer
Choosing to study in the UK as an international student is a great idea, but it doesn’t come without some struggles.
1. Realising that you’re not going to see your uni friends for 3 whole months.
2. But that they will all still be able to see each other fairly easily.
3. The jealousy you feel when people’s parents come to pick them up in the car.
4. While you’re trying to fit your entire life into one suitcase.
Two if you’re feeling brave.
5. And dreading a long, lonely and expensive journey home.
6. You inevitably have to leave things behind.
Either because of airline weight restrictions or simply because you just can’t fit it all in.
7. But it’s either that or paying for incredibly expensive storage space.
The struggle of finding places to store my stuff over the summer #internationalstudentproblems
— wjk (@wjkim15) June 5, 2016
8. Or forking out for rent on accommodation you’re not even using.
9. Regretting getting a phone contract that you now have to cancel or waste money on while you’re not using it.
10. And if you have a job at uni, you face the prospect of resigning.
Or at least trying to convince them to take you back in September. 😰
11. Suffering from reverse-culture shock.
12. And getting mixed up with which language you’re supposed to be speaking.
13. While fearing that you’ve forgotten how to speak your mother tongue.
14. Readjusting to driving on the
correct right side of the road again.
15. Immediately missing all the things you’ve come to love about life in the UK.
Miss having a full English breakfast😩
— Johnny (@jwhiteoak95) March 24, 2015
16. While also trying to make the most of all the things you’ve missed about home.
17. And worrying that you’ll love being back at home so much you’ll never want to leave again.
Too many struggles. ✋❌😰