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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,

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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1. People stop Facebooking you.

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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.


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.


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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The Secrets of Happy Couples [infographic]

The Secrets of Happy Couples [infographic] posted this awesome infographic about the secrets of happy relationships. A lot of these are also must-have’s in long distance relationships and are methods we use in our relationship.

I’m really lucky to have such an awesome partner in my life. I definitely would say the happiness in our relationship really stems from us prioritizing our friendship.

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February 17, 2014 · 3:30 am

My Pursuit of Happiness in College Station…

Okay, so I have a confession to make. It’s not a pretty one… I don’t like College Station. Sometimes, I even struggle liking the fact that I’m an Aggie.

Whew. That felt really nice to get off my chest.

Perhaps I should defend myself and explain why I feel this way. When I first arrived to Texas A&M, I was smitten. However, upon the beginning of year 2, I began to have a very different experience. Essentially, I encountered too many ignorant and closed minded people. I began to receive a lot of comments along the lines of “you’re only here because you’re a minority”, and other remarks of that nature. Perhaps a lot of it had to do with the election season, and college campuses can get quite rowdy with opinions. While I still don’t regret choosing to attend Texas A&M, you can imagine why it quickly became a place I wasn’t the most thrilled to be in (and how being rejected by other Ags made me feel outside the Aggie family).

Thankfully I have this unconventional philosophy that I should always seek personal development and growth, especially in situations where I am not most comfortable. I decided that instead of spending my last semester feeling sorry for myself and leading to self-inflicted misery, that I was going to make it my mission to take the opportunity to search for happiness in a place where I don’t enjoy being.

Returning to College Station after study abroad was an immense challenge for me. I had just spent the last four months of my life immersed in another culture, surrounded by people from all over the globe and their different world views.  I also lived in a social environment that embraced diversity and open discussion. College Station is… well, not that at all.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many things College Station has to offer, and it’s not so bad. However, I think most would agree that the culture norm in College Station is more conservative

After living in Buenos Aires, I came back to CStat almost disgusted by the ignorance I felt like I was surrounded by. Then I had to stop, and have a reality check with myself.

                “Julz. Your opinions don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.  You are not superior because you went to study abroad and feel more enlightened. Remember that not everyone gets the experience to gain perspective from travel- and there is nothing wrong with that. Your experiences shaped your world view, theirs helped shape theirs. Plus, it’s not really nice to be an elitist julz, you don’t even like elitists…”


((Yes, I speak to myself in the 3rd person. And yes, I also refer to myself as “julz”.))

As I was metaphorically eating a piece of humble pie, my kinesiology professor asked us all to write a goal for the semester. After some brief reflection over what I wanted out of my last semester of my undergraduate career, this is what I submitted as my goal:

“Even though you have many cool things coming up ahead in your future, this is your last semester as a college student. Learn to live in the moment of the semester and constantly choose and pursue to be happy every single day.”

I may not get to choose where I get to be at the moment, but I get to choose my attitude about it. While I’ve had negative experiences in the past, I don’t have to let those experiences dictate my attitude while living in College Station. Even though at times I’ve felt rejected by my institution, my degree here also played an integral role when I was being hired for my internship (which lead to full time employment a year in advance). There is too little time to waste being negative, and I have so much to be grateful for in the moment. I’m looking forward to spending my semester with all the people I’ve come to know as friends through my journey here. While I have many aspirations for my future, I also need to learn to be content in my present.


Here is my challenge to you, Reader: Choose happiness today, and try to say no to negativity. There are numerous studies that prove how infections negativity is, and also numerous studies that prove how much positivity can affect one’s happiness.

How do I begin this pursuit of happiness?

Definitely easier said than done & it is always a process.

As a baby step, I’d recommend beginning by suppressing negative thoughts. For every negative thing you think/complain about- find 2 positive things to express gratitude for. Try it for even a week, the results I think will really surprise you.

With all my love, Julietta

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