Let me start by saying this: no one tells you just how busy you’ll be abroad.
I mean, they tell you you’ll be busy, but normal busy does not compare to abroad busy. This explains why it’s taken me until now to do a post on being abroad — I genuinely have not even had time to catch my breath. Whirlwind is really the only way to describe it; you voluntarily push yourself to the limits and overexert yourself because there are too many incredible things to do and see to waste your time sitting around.
So here I am, more exhausted than I’ve ever been in my life and loving every single minute of it.
Sleep is for the weak, am I right?
I’ll sleep when I’m dead?
That’s why they invented coffee?
Kidding, sleep is important and necessary so you don’t get two sinus infections in two months like me. Balance is key, my friend. Sleep an adequate amount, grab a coffee, live every minute to the fullest, and explore everyday.
It’s been a bit over 2 months that I’ve been in London, and I’m already getting emotional thinking about leaving. If we haven’t caught on by now, this is relatively (read: extremely) normal for me. Many tears have been shed when leaving summer programs, sleep away camps, volunteer programs, school (ex: BU pre-abroad last semester as seen in my Dear Roommates post). So, even though this isn’t atypical for me, I have never felt so comfortably at home before. Yes, it’s been exciting and thrilling to study abroad in London, but its also felt natural, which is why I know it’ll be even more difficult than usual to move out in a month.
What have I learned over the past 11 weeks?
- The British LOVE dressing their dogs. I’ve never seen more dogs in sweaters or jackets in my life. Small dogs, big dogs, all dogs in clothing.
- When in doubt, wear varying shades of neutrals (there’s no such thing as too much black).
- “Are you alright?” means “how are you?” I still have the urge to respond with “yeah, why?”
- Most espresso based drinks have 2 shots as opposed to 1. Cue the coffee jitters (until your caffeine tolerance inevitably increases).
- Once you’re identified as American, you will be asked about Donald Trump.
- The British work environment involves much more swearing and story-telling. Not much is considered office inappropriate, which makes for very interesting and entertaining days.
- Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain THAT much. It is almost always cloudy though, which isn’t as dreary as it might sound.