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,
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.
1. People stop Facebooking you.
For some strange reason, friends and family who usually talk to you every day online suddenly stop responding to you or sending you messages. They may like and comment on the occasional…
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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