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The Waves Of Living Abroad

An ode to the best experience ever (right now).

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When I first found out I was going abroad I was like:

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"I have REALLY made it, and all of my dreams are going to come true for the rest of my life, and I am awesome, and the world is going to change because of this opportunity…." (internal monologue is never-ending)

But as the time drew nearer I began to experience a range of different feelings

Such as, crippling anxiety

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breathe in, breathe out…goddmmmit…BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT!!

Or, euphoria

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wahhaooahsowooooowwowowowyesaassssssss~!!!!!

Sometimes, sadness

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Will my friends and family forget me?? Do they have pictures so they can remember what I look like?? Will I ever see them again??

But mainly, excitement!

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I. CAN'T. WAIT.

So finally, the day comes when it's time to leave home

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And you can't stop channeling John Denver by singing, "I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again…" lyrics here

And the ride over is a little bumpy...

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Both physically and emotionally

But then you get there and you remember why you were so excited in the first place

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***Dramatic, Self-Assured, Tone*** **Everything** is about to change.

And the beginning can be a bit rough, and you sometimes channel Dorothy

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...And you randomly find yourself singing Tony Bennett's, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"….

But that basically lasts for two seconds and pretty soon you never want to leave

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I love it here!¡

And everything is wonderful, always

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And you find yourself singing "a whole new worlddddddddd" frequently

Yet, eventually the day comes where you realize your abroad experience's expiration date is coming soon

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And you realize you don't want to leave...

And then one day you wind up back at the airport saying goodbye to home all over again...

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And you can't stop channeling John Denver by singing, "I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again…" lyrics here

But who knows, maybe your temporary life won't be so temporary at all.

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