How to deal with homesickness while studying abroad

How to deal with homesickness while studying abroad

Home was constantly on my mind when I was abroad. As much as I was enjoying my studies and travels in England, I missed my family and friends. I missed Minnesota. I couldn’t wait to see them again.

Sometimes, especially during the gray winter months, I missed them so much that I wanted more than anything to just be at home again. But I already had a flight home booked for the end of May; I had to stick it out until then.

Having survived the homesickness, here’s my advice if you’re dealing with the same thing. Hopefully it will help improve your time abroad so you have the best program possible.

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British-to-American dictionary

I find differences in language and slang interesting and sometimes amusing.

While I was studying in England, I compiled a list of words I heard that were different from the ones I used and tried to incorporate them into my everyday vocabulary.

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How to travel on a budget

How to travel on a budget

Low on cash? I know the feeling! This spring I’ve been working on paying off my car and medical bills, but I’m getting a little stir crazy since that has meant No Travel for a while.

If you’re in the same boat, here are some suggestions for satisfying the travel bug while still being kind to your bank account.

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The best foods to try in Amsterdam

Foodie Fridays: The best foods to try in Amsterdam

Possibly even more so than Paris, in my opinion, Holland is a food lover’s paradise. Lynette and I spent about four days basically wandering from restaurant to restaurant in Amsterdam with a few stops at museums in between. One of my favorite memories from study abroad is picnicking in a park in Amsterdam with cheese, a baguette, prosecco, and chocolate cheesecake from the supermarket.

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S(pace Needle)(tarbucks)eattle

Five reasons you need to visit Seattle

I was dreaming about Seattle years before I went there. It’s kind of a surreal place—the sunset over the water, the mountains, the Space Needle (I mean, what more perfect place for crazy science fiction stuff to happen, right? That’s what my writerly brain decided). It’s a little romantic too, thanks to the temperamental weather and Sleepless in Seattle. Even the place names and the atmosphere feel different from the Midwest. It’s one of my favorite cities I’ve been to.

Here are a few of the biggest reasons I loved it so much and why I think you should visit it as well.

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