Five Things to Expect During Your First Week Abroad
If you’re planning to study abroad sometime in the future, be prepared to have these experiences. During your first seven days in, you will:
- Get lost: Transportation systems are pretty much impossible in any country (D.C. is no exception, especially the buses). Add a language barrier and you’re going to get off at the wrong stop more than a few times. Learn the names of local stops and program cab companies’ numbers into your cellphone. And find out the proper way to call for a cab – if you don’t speak the language, you may find yourself on the other end of a dial tone.
- Spend too much money: You’re an American and a tourist – a.k.a., you’re easy to rip off. Also be prepared to eat out a lot because you won’t know where to find a local grocery store in the beginning.
- 3. Act like a freshman again: Guess what? You have to make all new friends now that you’re abroad (gasp!), so bring back your best small talk topics.
- 4. Feel homesick: The first 48 hours can be pretty tough. You’re jet-lagged, nauseous from airplane food and cranky. Several teary phone calls home should be a quick cure.
- Make a fool of yourself: Bumble the language, forget names, get lost, whatever. Enjoy your first and only week as a tourist – after that, your work to become a local begins.
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