Before leaving home, I was nearly dreading going abroad. I was extremely stressed out, anxious, emotional, and I doubted if I could even do it. I was going to miss my dog, my family, my home, my normal routine — the list goes on. The stress of having a “normal” study abroad experience loomed over me, above all.
This so-called “normal” study abroad experience that I am referring to is one in which you travel to a different country every weekend, go clubbing and bar hopping in foreign places, put school on the back burner and put your social life above all else. This is what I thought every study abroad experience was like, and I felt pressured that I had to live up to that.