Life After Studying Abroad

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 16.47.20Since being back I have had to readjust to life, not only back in the Uk, but at home as well. Living the other side of the world gives you a new sense of Independence that just going away to university isn’t able to.

If there is a crisis, if you’re short of money, or ill, you no longer have the luxury of calling mum up when it’s 3am where she is.

Now that I’m back…

After being in America for 10 months, I was ready to come home.  Don’t get me wrong, I was and am immensely grateful for my time, and will cherish every day of it for the rest of my life, but I was longing to sleep in my own bed, hug my mum, and brush my teeth in privacy.

But now that I am back, I want nothing more but to go back.  In researching studying abroad I kept reading about how difficult it is to adjust back to life at home, but thought “no, that won’t happen to me, I’ll be glad to be home.”  I was so wrong.

“Hi, I’m Terri, and I suffer from Study Abroad-sickness”

Not only is this real, but it slyly crept in without me noticing.

It started at first as just an itch, just bugging me every now and then, which has now turned into a full blown case of chicken pox.

The first few weeks was fine.  From time to time I’d send or receive a snapchat, text, or IM from my study abroad squad and it was fine.  I missed them but I was content being at home, surrounded by all the British food, TV, and accents I’d had missed for so long.

But after a month being home, I had a dream that shattered all of this.

In this dream my parents were driving me to the airport so that I could return for my second year of study in America, but I knew something was right and spent the entire dream panicking that I hadn’t packed any phone chargers.

When I woke up that’s when it really hit me that I was never going back…

A week past and I tried not to dwell on it but then the messages from the rest of the squad started to resemble the feelings I had been having after that dream.

…We’re all suffering from “Study Abroad-sickness.”

Curing “Study Abroad-sickness”

As far as I know, there is no cure, but knowing that I wasn’t the only one feeling these things was helpful.

Keep In Contact

Since discovering that we were all suffering, we’ve changed from a message once a week to talking at least everyday in the group chat.  Keeping in contact can instantly transform “missing” into reminiscing.

Treasure Your Memories

I didn’t unpack my case until a week ago, which mean for over a month all of the souvenirs, postcards, keepsakes, photos, and college work and memorabilia had been hidden away.

Instead I know have them in a special memory box, where they are safe, and I can look over them when I’m missing my second home.

Look Forward To The Future

Yes, two months ago I may have been studying in America, living my dreams, and experiencing new and wonderful things.  But in a months time I will be returning to university to finish the last year of my degree.

I don’t look as this as a reason to miss my time at an American college, but instead as an opportunity to take everything I experienced and learned there and put it into this next year, making it an even better year.

When I originally saw that 100 days reminder on my flight app, I saw it as a countdown to where I thought I wanted to be, instead of what it should have been, a countdown to experience every second of the last 100 days I had left in America.

Take advantage of every second of your study abroad, whether you’re there for six weeks, a term, or a whole year, it will go by faster than you think.

100 days left can quickly turn into 1 day left.

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Life After Studying Abroad

  1. Wow! I can relate to this so much. I’m from America, and just got back from a semester abroad in Australia. I definitely understand the study abroad sickness you are feeling. It’s hard when such an amazing experience comes to an end.

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  2. So true girl!

    If anything, I’ve noticed that the study abroad sickness just fuels you to save up for future adventures. Whenever I returned home, it would just be for a few months to work and save up… Everyone’s usually so excited for the trip that no one prepares you for going home! Hang in there ❤

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