Life Abroad, A Reflection

Hello! My name is Brianna Chalas and I am a Marketing and Big Data double major. I currently study in Boston, Massachusetts and today we are going to talk about a little bit about life abroad from the viewpoint of someone who feared it. 


Now, where do I even begin? Ah yes! If you are a little bit like me, you will at some point fear the feeling of being abroad. Being away from family, your friends, and even your pet. Everyone tells you it is a wonderful experience so you take that leap of faith. Little did you know that the agonizing process of planning and making this trip happen was going to be a little bit more stressful than you anticipated. 


But wait! After all the planning and planning you end up feeling like you are ready. It is true, you are ready. You get to that airport, hop on that plane, and at that moment I promise you will feel something. It’s a feeling of joy, sadness, anticipation and most of all excitement. 


You may have heard this already, but life abroad really and I mean really changes you. Change is a good thing so do not fear it. I have discovered that not only does studying abroad widen your network, it also helps you reflect about yourself, your needs and values. You will get homesick, but homesickness is part of that growth. It is knowing that you will get through this and you will be a much better person. I mean look at me. Never in a million years, I thought this day would come and now it is almost time for me to say goodbye. 


Another thing, that place you chose to live in for a couple of months, yeah that country becomes part of who you are. You lived here, you worked here, you became a changed person here and that my fellow readers is what undoubtedly bonds you to your selected country. For me, that country was London. London has helped me in so many ways and I know the place you choose will do the same. 


As this reflection sadly has to come to an end (I know, I know) I would like to say is, you are the creator of your journey and fear is what allows us to grow. Keep exploring guys, you will not regret it. 


Brianna Chalas, Suffolk University (London, Summer 2019)