Hi!! I hope you are all doing EXCELLENT. It doesn’t even seem real that I’m living on a different continent than most of you, but I miss each of you so much and can’t wait for another semester full of game days and BBR shenanigans.
Abroad is so many things. Abroad is hard. But abroad is beautiful. It’s eye opening and intriguing and terrifying and humbling, each encounter altering my view on something I’d previously never thought twice about. I’m living in a medieval fantasyland full of cave bars and castles and perfectly pastel buildings, where each street or twisting alleyway leads me deeper into the most unique city I’ve ever experienced. Prague is endlessly elegant while somehow still so darkly mysterious, leaving me only wanting to explore it more and more. People talk about how abroad changes you, but I never realized how much I could fall in love with the concept of living somewhere so unfamiliar.
Traveling is thrilling. Bus rides and trams and subways and planes and overpriced taxis and somehow I find myself in a cafe in Slovakia or a boat in the canals of Amsterdam (and, in some of my more shameful moments, in a T.G.I. Friday’s in Hungary or a McDonalds in Ireland). But abroad isn’t only about getting to experience all the beautiful instagram-worthy locations, it’s also about learning how to live a completely different lifestyle. And sometimes that can be HARD. Simple tasks like laundry or grocery shopping are remarkably more difficult, and communicating with people who barely speak English can be so discouraging. The Czechs are void of the southern charm that has surrounded me my whole life, often leaving me feeling inadequately American or just out of place. But a piece of advice I have to any future travelers is to never let the minute difficulties of living abroad be discouraging. Be comfortable with who you are, embrace your situation, and appreciate the cultural differences that surround you. I promise that fully immersing yourself in your home country will make your abroad experience rewarding and powerful.
It will always be SO weird to think about life going on in Columbia without me, but I’m living in a dream. I encourage you to never stop exploring, even if it’s just going on a day trip to somewhere nearby Cola or buying a $50 plane ticket to a state you’ve never been to before (try United or Frontier). Study abroad has given me so many opportunities to explore the world, but there are so many adventures to go on wherever you are. I miss you all and can’t wait to see you next semester, I hope you’re all having the best of times in the city of dreams. ❤️
SOU Bros Abroad
This blog serves to highlight the experiences and tips that Brothers studying abroad have.