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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,
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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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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Attention College Station Ladies!

Attention College Station Ladies!

Hey ladies!!

Many of you have formals and semi-formals coming up, but don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of money at the salon- no problem! Here are some examples of stuff I’ve done before. I’ve always loved styling my friend’s hair. Please contact me if interested in a styling service!

~$20 [(More difficult, time consuming styles ~$30)]

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http://www.pinterest.com/juliettadasilva/hair/ (you can also click on the photo)

On my pinterest boards you can gain some general ideas. I only pin styles I know I could do myself. Feel free to use it as inspiration!

 

Sorry these picture's aren't as high quality- but more examples of my work!

Sorry these picture’s aren’t as high quality- but more examples of my work!

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February 26, 2014 · 3:57 am

Best Friend Weekend!

Hello my beautiful readers!

This past weekend was not only Valentine’s day weekend, but the celebration of my friendaversary with my best friend. We have been best friends for 8 years now, and I love her with all my heart. I wanted to do something different and invite LE be a guest writer on my blog so that she could talk about the weekend from her experience. 

Reading her story made me laugh. I think back to the night this crazy girl asked me to sleep over, and I remember being so excited that I was even asked to go! In my culture it’s not usually seen as a polite gesture to sleep-over, and I was shocked when my dad gladly drove me over to go make some new friends.

I would say what I love most about my friendship with LE is that she loves me for me. Even though we have our differences in interests and opinions, we still love and respect one another all the time. If she’s happy, I’m happy. And if she’s sad, I’m going to find out who made her sad so that I can beat them up. This mutual respect is what I believe has kept our relationship going through the past 8 years.

Hopefully next friendaversary can be spent together in the same state! (since I’m moving May 12th :)!)

Here’s our BFF weekend, as told through the perspective of my best friend, Laura Elizabeth. 

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On February 10, 2006, my middle school had a Valentine’s Day dance. I was having some friends over for a sleepover after and everyone was talking about it loudly while waiting on my mother to pick us up. I was raised to never exclude people and not to talk about events others were not invited to in front of them. So when I noticed a girl from my social studies class standing by the door, hearing everything that we were saying, I instantly felt terrible. There was only one way to fix this. I walked over and invited her to our sleepover. I had no idea the impact that would have on my life. Eight years later, that girl from social studies is not only my best friend, but my sister. Yeah, yeah. We’re sappy and we don’t care!

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So for Valentine’s weekend I drove down to College Station to celebrate our friendaversary. We do it every year. Last year we saw Josh Abbott at Hurricane Harry’s, but this year was a little more low key. We watched countless episodes of How I Met Your Mother, because really, what else would we watch? We went shopping and did we what do best, find all the amazing sales. Seriously, it’s like we have a special talent for it. Our moms have trained us well. We got fancy nails done and I somehow managed to mess up my big toe..of course.

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And if that wasn’t enough for one weekend, we went to U Paint It and painted pottery. For those of y’all who don’t know me, I’m definitely challenged in the art department. My idea of a drawing is a stick figure, and even that doesn’t look good. Don’t get me wrong, I think art is beautiful and necessary; you just don’t want me to be the one creating it. But nonetheless, Julie, the painter, takes me to U Paint It. She picks out this adorable little elephant and paints it with a beautiful turquoise and coral pattern. It’s absolutely stunning. I, on the other hand, pick out a margarita glass, and paint One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor on it. And even that didn’t look very good. (You can definitely tell which one of us is the bartender.) But you know what, that’s what best friends are for. We share our interests with each other and have an amazing time; even if one of us can’t paint or one of us doesn’t even like country music. We always have a great time together, no matter what we are doing. And that, y’all, is why we’ve been friends for eight years.

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The Secrets of Happy Couples [infographic]

The Secrets of Happy Couples [infographic]

http://dailyinfographic.com/ 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