Monday, February 25, 2013
I studied abroad 4 years ago (spring semester my sophomore year of college) and I made this list while I was there and finished it when I came home. I just found it again, and some of these things definitely STILL ring true even if you've never been away. Enjoy!
What I’ve learned from studying abroad…
1-Living alone has its ups and downs.
2-I’m not a half-bad cook.
3-Living around guys is pretty fun.
4-Everything is good in moderation.
5-God always helps in bad situations.
aka. Traveling mishaps!
6-I can deal with problems on the fly just by trusting.
7-Friendship is key…I’ve re-evaluated some of those.
8-I take too much for granted and don’t realize it until I don’t have it.
aka. My family, food, car, money, etc.
9-International friends are amazing!
10-The world is bigger than America and its problems.
11-Downtime is good in moderation… too much makes me stir-crazy.
12-More friends=more fun.
13-Family is amazing… I don’t realize that enough.
14-A pack of Digestives always equal a good night.
15-Sometimes just sitting and having a deep conversation with a few friends is more rewarding than a night out on the town with the whole crew.
16-I’m not a kid anymore… no one is going to tell me what or what not to do.
17-Taking time to reflect is super important.
18-Laundry machines are the devil.
19-Not everyone is open to change.
20-Traveling is fun… but coming home to familiarity feels so good.
21-That being said, unfamiliarity isn’t always bad.
22-Your true colors come out when you’re facing a challenge and unsure of what to do next.
23-Having a job really is a good idea.
24-God is at work in so many places.
25-Flying is one of the best things ever.
26-Trying new food unique to a country is 100x better than the American imitation.
27-Everyone has pre-conceived ideas about each other… whether they realize it or not.
28-America is a pretty cool country.
29-Missing someone doesn’t always get easier.
30-Italian food is amazing. No other pasta compares.
31-This is a good time to stop and think about what you really believe and value without the pressures of others telling you what to believe.
32-Always make sure you have important travel information.
33-Kindness really does count for a lot.
34-Sacrificing sleep to catch up with friends is always worth it.
35-Spending a little extra money to have a once in a lifetime experience is better than regretting not doing it later.
36-Traveling alone is fun. But waiting alone is boring.
37-The American accent is not attractive sounding at all.
38-I have more patience. Not with other people, but with waiting for things to happen. Not too much; but some.
39-Facebook and Skype make the world a better place.
40-“Family” dinners save a lot of money… and they’re a load of fun!
41-An after-dinner bottle of wine and good friends is simply amazing.
42-Always take time away from work to go enjoy the fresh air.
43-Never have I missed the country more than I do right now.
44-As much as I complain about cleaning my room, I would like to be able to just once.
45-Teaching Brits about American football is so much fun.
46-Everything is 10x more annoying when you haven’t slept.
47-Life doesn’t slow down.
48-As great as getting mail at home is, getting mail abroad is so much better.
49-Not everyone was born to sing karaoke.
50-It’s better to ask for help right away than risk the consequences later.
51-No one does mac and cheese like Kraft.
52-Never ever turn down a homemade meal.
53-Be careful of who you’re friends with on Facebook.
54-Don’t underestimate the value in just being in the company of friends.
55-Don’t be afraid to just stop and have a moment. Sometimes it’s just necessary.
56-Always carry a little bit of extra cash in case you get stuck somewhere.
57-Make sure you have ample travel time arranged.