- Study abroad!!
If you have the opportunity to study abroad, DO IT! To be able to live in a completely different place with completely different people, is an incredible experience. You learn so much about yourself and others that you would never discover without this unique opportunity. Sure, studying abroad seems scary, because you are half a world away from anything familiar, but there is nothing like this experience. The other day I was texting my friend from home so casually about traveling to Budapest for the weekend. This seemed like such a normal thing for me, traveling to a new place every weekend, but it really is such an amazing and unique opportunity that I probably would never have if I didn’t study abroad.
- Get gelato everyday
Go out for gelato every day, and when I say every day, I mean every single day. Try new places and new flavors every single time you go. Find a favorite place and go for breakfast lunch and dinner. I found my spot. It is right next to my apartment and the owner is the sweetest human alive. I encourage everyone who goes abroad to spend the two euro every day and treat yourself to this amazing dessert.
3. Go out with your friends every chance you can
This semester flies by and spending time with the friends you made abroad will become your favorite memories. Whether it’s going out to eat together, getting together for some cheese and meat platters, or just watching movies together, it is always a blast. I made time for school, but I also made it a priority to be with my friends as much as I could.
- Budget your money and then spend it!
It is important to decide how much you can spend each month when studying abroad because it can be very expensive. Learning to budget is hard but figuring out your monthly spending is pretty easy. Once you figure that out, spend it! You have saved up for this for quite some time now and its okay to spend that! Spend it traveling, site seeing, going out to eat. You will remember these great experiences and it is worth coming home with little to no money. This is the best experience and it can be done without a million dollars, so enjoy and let loose a little!
- Dealing with homesickness
Feeling homesick abroad is guaranteed. Many people tell you this before going, but I always thought that it wouldn’t bother me after maybe the first week or so. I was wrong. I didn’t feel homesick for a long time and I thought I wasn’t going to at all during my time in Florence, but after traveling on weekends for more than a month straight, my exhaustion started catching up with me and I found myself feeling more and more homesick. But, there are ways to deal with this. My favorite is contacting my family and friends from home. They are always a call, text, or FaceTime away. They ask you about your time, what you’ve been up to, and informs you on the things going on back in America and suddenly, you are too distracted to even remember what you were feeling homesick about. I also advise anyone feeling homesick to buy a food that reminds them of home (mine is peanut butter, while my roommate’s go-to is McDonalds).
That’s all I have today!