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22 Struggles You Face When Returning From Study Abroad

"Do I even go here?"

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1. The first cut is the deepest: realizing you can't go to bars anymore because of the drinking age.

2. On the second day of class you realize you're still jet-lagged.

3. Which you'll use as an excuse for showing up late on the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth days of class.

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4. You'll find yourself saying "thank you" to a cashier in a language that isn't English.

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5. And also try to pay without calculating tax... in the wrong currency.

6. You feel almost like you have to reintroduce yourself to friends you haven't seen in months...

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7. ...because they've all changed their majors twice and started new relationships.

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8. Also, they've entered the part of college where you actually HAVE "relationships."

9. It feels like you've been away from campus for years instead of months.

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10. You find yourself saying "when I was abroad" far too often.

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THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW GREAT IT WAS.

11. And no matter where you went, everyone can expect to see #tbts for months.

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12. There are a bunch of new people in your dorm that you've never met before.

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13. Maybe you'll get along... BUT MAYBE YOU WON'T.

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14. Your extracurriculars are now run by completely different people.

15. People try to talk to you about events that happened while you were away.

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"Do you remember that party where the one guy did the thing?"

16. You can't just take a weekend to visit another country...

Road trip: Canada?
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Road trip: Canada?

17. ...because now you have homework that actually involves work.

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18. You'll have to slowly readjust to the great culinary traditions of your homeland.

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19. And rediscover your favorite study spots.

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20. And get back in touch with some old friends.

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21. You'll settle into your routine again soon enough.

22. It makes sense that things seem a little different at first, because you're a little different too.

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