Life is full of regrets. “If only I had known this.” “If only I did (or didn't do) that!” Well, if you’re thinking of studying abroad during your time at Calvin, consider yourself lucky! For many people, not studying abroad is one of their biggest regrets. However, regrets don’t just end there. Even if you do choose to study abroad, there’s always going to be things you can’t expect.
Before I left for Spain, I felt in limbo: I knew as much as possible, but there were still so many things no amount of research could teach me. I tried to prepare myself for what life would be like while I studied abroad. I googled for hours on end: looking up where to go, what to wear, how to act and what to expect. While I definitely recommend researching ahead of time, don’t expect to learn everything.
A huge part of the journey is the process of adjustment, and no article can truly prepare you for that.
The weeks before you leave are the most difficult. There is a weird, unsettling sensation, knowing that you know virtually nothing. However, I suppose it’s always that way when you’re on the cusp of a new adventure. Though I can’t give you a magic recipe for achieving success during your study abroad, I can tell you some things I wish I knew before I left. Although I’m sure you’re heard some of these before, it never hurts to hear it again. Make sure you keep checking back every day this week to learn more about the five things I wish I knew before studying abroad!