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What to Expect [and what not to Expect] when Studying Abroad

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants did us all a disservice when it romanticized the elation and euphoria that is the typical study-abroad experience. According to the movies of old, and new – the various Instagram posts you see of people enjoying themselves amongst exotic backgrounds – when you study abroad, you are living a once-in-a-lifetime dream. You are a celebrity, and the world is your fan-base.

This is not true.

Well, it is true in the sense that you get to develop yourself in a new environment and broaden your perspective of culture. You get to learn new customs and figure out your true place in the makeup of the world. It’s an incredible experience getting to be someplace where no one knows you – each day is a new and tangible discovery of a life different than your own.