5 personal things that studying abroad has taught me so far
Admittedly I have been rather quiet recently – I have been travelling around Australia and New Zealand and wifi has been limited so I haven’t had the chance to post. Well, with the busy few months I have had, here are just a few things that studying abroad has taught me so far.
1. Being spontaneous
I am a massive planner – especially when it comes to travelling. However, the fun of travelling solo is that you can meet other solo travellers like you and then plan things together! I have come to accept that it’s okay if I don’t know what I will be doing in a months time. I have met many people during my travels who didn’t have their accommodation booked for the next day – the thought of this would have scared me previously, but now it is just exciting! Whatever I do, I know that I will have an awesome story to tell!
2. Learning what is actually important to me
This one is going to sound really cliche but it is true. I came to Australia with a suitcase and a backpack, and overtime due to weight restrictions during my travels I have had to decide on what items I want to leave behind. This has really taught me what I actually consider important and what I don’t.
3. Distance won’t hinder close friendships
Another cliche one but this is something that I have learnt in the last week or so. I have been in touch with a lot of my close friends from home after not talking for many months (some of whom I last spoke to before I left for Australia 5 and a half months ago). It’s amazing how we didn’t even acknowledge the fact that we haven’t spoken in so long – it all just felt so natural. I have been busy adjusting to Australia life and they have been busy with their own lives, nevertheless, friends will always remain your friends. This is something that I want to stress to anybody who is nervous about the prospect of losing touch with some friends – I promise that they will always be there!
4. Accepting that there are no real benefits to getting stressed
Everybody copes with things differently. For me, the idea of exams used to be something that really got me nervous. And, well they probably do. But I think being so far away from home and therefore not having that peer pressure to compare myself/ family pressure to perform at my best has meant that I have come to terms with the fact that I am working for myself, and so I should focus on just that – doing my best, for myself. My grades were better this year too, and I am sure the difference in attitude may be a reason for that.
5. What I enjoy
Being abroad on your own of course means that you are away from all the family and friends that you are used to being right near. This gives you the chance to truly just go do some awesome things and maybe even tackle some of your fears because there is nobody to judge! This experience has really helped that process and just allowed me to decide what I enjoy doing and what I want to continue doing when I go back to England.
For now, time for some Christmas Eve celebrations!
Shanita 🙂 xo