Making Friends: As of now, I only know one other person in my study abroad group. We’re somewhat close, both play on the same club sports team and he laughs at my jokes so you can say we’re pretty much best friends.
There’ll be about 25 other people in the group. As an introvert, I’m only a little terrified of getting to know people and creating friendships. Maybe everyone’s collective love for alcohol will help with that
Budgeting: I’m lucky that the program gives us 70 euros a week to spend on food or else I’d probably stick to buying the equivalent to $1 Wallmart dinners.
Many of the people who have done it in years prior recommended to buy pasta in bulk and cook with your roommates. Then to use the money you saved at the pubs nearby. Spending for dinners isn’t what I’m too worried about. It’s the booking of Airbnbs and tickets to all the places around Europe.
Actually Studying: Despite it being called “Study Abroad” a lot of my focus (stress) has been on what I’m going to be doing outside of class.
The program I’m on is no easy feat and is one of the hardest semesters in my major, being a total of 15 credits. Many of the exams are on Mondays and Tuesdays meaning that I should be studying during the weekend, but that’ll be challenging with forcing myself to experience the continent at the same time.
Packing: I am a self-diagnosed overpacker. Even on small weekend trips here, I will usually end up taking half my closet and not wear a majority of the clothes.
I’m only allowing myself to bring two suitcases with me, so I’ll have to be very decisive with the clothes I’m taking. I’m lucky the program is in Summer, so I don’t have to worry about fitting a winter coat in my luggage.
Staying in Touch with Friends: A con of the Summer program is that I’ll miss out on my friends from home all being together.
Obviously, I’m aware that this is a ~once in a lifetime opportunity~ but I’m only human and I can’t help but feel like I’m going to be the one missing out on moments with my friends.
Two months out, hoping to feel better when we get closer to actually going on the trip 🙂