7 Signs You Just Got Back From Studying Abroad

There is a strange but true parallel between puberty and returning home from studying abroad. Both can be a time of identity crisis, awkward moments and a general sense that nothing is quite normal. Returning from study abroad is, like puberty, a passage between the old and new you — and can be a pretty confusing time as you settle back into life post travel. Fortunately, the really weird puberty stuff isn’t happening again! Nevertheless, here are 7 signs that could be indicators that the ‘new’ you is trying to adjust into your old world.

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    1. You Drop Random Foreign Words and Expressions into Conversation

    “Sveiki!” That’s ‘hello’ in Latvian. Maybe you’ve heard it? Probably not, as it doesn’t fit into our everyday English conversation. However, if foreign words are what you’ve been hearing for the past few months (or years), peppering them into conversation is an easy mistake. Your brain might still be working overtime to learn and use a new second language — but don’t be surprised if your friends laugh when you ask them to “hold the lift!”

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    2. You Choose to Meditate Instead of Going Out for Beer and Wings

    Personal growth and change is a natural occurrence for those who study abroad. It might be adapting to new patterns of behavior, new religious beliefs or other lifestyle changes. If you’ve changed in your values and priorities, it hopefully will reflect in not only a new, but improved you.

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    3. You Had No Idea That Your Best Friend’s 2nd Cousin Got Married – and So Did Your Ex

    You may have fallen completely off the social scene while you were away. People you thought you were connected with have moved on, and you’re out of the loop. The good news is, it usually doesn’t take much more than some one-on-one time to rebuild a waning friendship — so don’t take it too personally. Extend yourself a little, and you’ll likely be back into the social scene in no time.

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