I think there’s often a perception that if you don’t spend every weekend traveling, stay out till 6am, etc., you’re somehow wasting your time abroad. To be honest, when Lexa and I were studying abroad, I caught myself sometimes thinking that we were doing it right and those who stayed in weren’t making the most of every minute. But the reality is that there is no correct way to study abroad. As my sister prepares to head to London this Fall, that’s been one of her main concerns. What if I don’t do it right? What if I don’t make the most of my time? Her biggest concern is that she’ll come home with regrets.
I think that’s something most students preparing to head abroad fear - the unknown, not knowing who else will be on the trip or how you’ll get along and not knowing how you’ll like the place you call home for the next semester. The experience can be the best time of your life, but it can also be nerve wracking, and everyone handles it a different way.
That’s the beauty of going abroad - you can do it 100 times in 100 different ways, but as long as you’re learning about the world and yourself and fueling yourself in a way that makes you happiest, you’ve succeeded.