6 Struggles You Don’t Expect While Studying Abroad

I definitely could have identified on each of the points during my study abroad trip to Buenos Aires.

It is insane to look back and try to relive the memories of Buenos Aires. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like it was real, like I dreamed the whole thing.

For me, another thing I personally struggled with was missing my significant other. In short, I lack a lot a love in my home life- Phillip is truly s blessing to me in this way (I’ve honestly never known a love like this and have been waiting my whole life to experience this). Due to this, too elaborate on why #3 (Off days.) relates so much to me.

 

On my off days, I felt like a ghost wandering the city because I didn’t feel completely present. Some days it really got to me that Phillip was not around (as much as I wanted him to be there, he wasn’t), on these days my moral really struggled to make connections and not just want to fade into the background.

What this article did not add was the silver lining to these struggles students studying abroad face. The silver lining is that even though sometimes you feel disoriented and lonely, everyone in your study abroad group is in the same boat as you: together you become each others new family & support system. Thankfully I had my CEA family. They always knew how to lead me out of the fog and help me feel myself again, and I love them for that.

With all my love,
Julietta

Thought Catalog

Study abroad is undoubtedly one of the most amazing experiences a person can take part in – tons of culture, learning about oneself, seeing the world, and expanding knowledge not only in a specific field of study, but about the world in general. However, despite how incredible the opportunities study abroad brings, it can also provoke unexpected negative responses as well. Here is a list that may pertain to something you experienced/are currently experiencing while studying abroad, no matter how happy you are in your city of choice or how happy you wish to be. Sometimes, life just hits you – and it doesn’t always give you what you want.

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March Updates

Hello Readers!!

It has been WAY too long since my last blog post. Essentially after my spring break trip, I was slammed by school (I suppose that’s my fault for taking 17 hours…). I seriously just wanted to cry the last few weeks because of my classwork! I think the worst part has passed (hopefully/thankfully) as most of my classes wont have a final exam.

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Due to all the craziness in my life I haven’t had the chance to update about my spring break!  Phillip took me on some great adventures, we went to the Boulder Planetarium, skiing in Eldora, attended Frozen Dead Guy Days, discovered a little Buenos Aires community, watched season 1 of “True Detective” (and sat on the edge of our seats during the entire finale), toured the only Celestial Tea manufacturing plant in the world & had a tea tasting, strolled down the 16th street mall, ate pizza at the Mellow Mushroom with my study abroad roommate- Rachel (SO unREAL!), and browsed through the Denver Art Museum.

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I also had the opportunity to go to the Denver TEKsystems office and network with my future co-workers. I met Olivia K, the account manager I will be aligned to, and had the chance to eat dinner with her downtown. I had the opportunity to eat lunch with my Director of Business Operations, Justin Watson and he and I discussed mutual expectations for when I start in May. Justin even helped organize a brief office happy hour so I could become familiarized with my new TEK family.  My official start date is going to be Monday, May 19th. 

 

image-1Oh, and another amazing announcement!!! As of today, I have signed my lease & officially have a place to live in Denver! Phillip and I are reaching our 2 year mark, and in that time we’ve mostly been in a long distance relationship. For a long time we’ve both known that we wanted to take this next step together and I can’t wait to move in with my best friend in about 30 days 🙂 We will be living in around the Washington Park & South Broadway area.The neighborhood has a lot of character and it really reminded Phil and I of the Bishop Arts district in Dallas (which we also love).  My move-in date to Denver is still planned for Monday, May 12th.

Thankfully the chaos in my life has helped time move a little quicker. In just 30 days my life is going to be completely different, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

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UNICEF Tap Project

UNICEF Tap Project goes to provide water for people based on how long you can go without touching your phone.

“For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, Giorgio Armani Fragrances and other generous donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.”

Need to get something done? This is a great way to at least make sure your phone isn’t the reason you’re procrastinating!

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March 27, 2014 · 2:32 am

Students See Many Slights…

Students See Many Slights as Racial ‘Microaggressions’
TANZINA VEGA | The New York Times | The New York Times – Sat Mar 22 04:58:08 UTC 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A tone-deaf inquiry into an Asian-American’s ethnic origin. Cringe-inducing prais…
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March 23, 2014 · 1:39 am

Airtime

 

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A long journey from College Station, TX to Boulder, CO. I’m glad to be in Colorado for my spring break, stay posted for photo updates of my adventures!

 

 

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My Post-Study Abroad Life (Via GIFs)

Anyone coming back to the United States after being in a foreign country for sometime knows all to well how real reverse culture shock is. As in, coming back home after being gone for awhile is just weird. Here are some GIFs to describe my re-entry so far…

 

Checking my bank account after I returned from Study Abroad (SA)

 

Remembering that everyone speaks English again

 

Listening to peoples ill-informed stereotypes about your SA country

 

Wait… there’s no Dulce de Leche soft serve ice cream here?!

 

Remembering how awesome your life was abroad, and how bland life seems back home

 

Remembering you have to actually be a real student in your home institution

 

Taking advantage of being to alter your order at a restaurant

 

Trying to get your friends at home to do the same things as you & your SA friends did abroad

 

Catching up with Study Abroad Friends

 

Meeting people  from/traveled to your SA country

 

Not being able to purchase alcohol legally, after being able to buy it legally for a semester.

 

When it’s 2 AM and the bars are already closed.

 

How I perceive myself post SA

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Ukraine Burning

This is a great video that can give insight to anyone wanting to know more about the current tensions in Ukraine from VICE News.

Video Description from Youtube:

“Kiev’s Euromaidan protesters began 2014 the same way they ended 2013: by rioting in the streets in an attempt to bring down their government. Key victories have already been won, with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigning. The demonstrators also forced the annulment of a new anti-protest law that was, ironically, the cause of much of their protesting.

The protesters haven’t been contented by this, however, and are still out in the streets, demanding the head of President Viktor Yanukovych and the staging of fresh elections. What began as a protest against the Ukrainian government’s close ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has become a focus for wider discontent. However, Yanukovych seems in no mood to relinquish his power. As the social unrest spreads across the country, its first post-Soviet President, Leonid Kravchuk, has gone as far as to warn that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. Dozens of people have lost their lives in just the last two days of violence.

At the end of January, VICE flew to Kiev as rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at police and the city turned into a battlefield.”

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February 26, 2014 · 7:48 am