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October 10, 2016

So, I've been in living in France for over a month now and it's safe to say it took a lot to adjust. Although it's my second year of Uni I lived at home last year so this is the first time that I've moved out of home. Here are 5 things I have learnt about studying abroad and living alone.

EVERYTHING is different. Going to live in a different country is difficult, even more so when there is a language barrier. Now my French is okay, but even doing something as simple as going to the grocery store can be a struggle when you can't work out what the labels say. Everything about moving to a different country is, well, different. Luckily I've visited France quite a few times so it wasn't such a culture shock when I came to move here.

Study abroad is about studying of course and be prepared to put everything into your studies, you may be shocked to find that your study abroad country has a lot more of a tough education system then yours. With me I have definitely noticed a more intense workload then I am used to with a ton of group presentations. Saying that it's just as important to have fun, make friends and try out the clubs and bars in your area.

3. Travel while you can. I am a firm believer in travelling as much as you possibly can, I just got back from a day trip to Bruges and am itching to plan my next trip. There are so many destinations on my travel checklist that I am hoping to check off by the time my study abroad finishes. Study abroad is most definitely the time to explore the country that you're in, especially if you're in Europe - take the advantage of being so close to so many countries.

Try new things! If you're in France you have to try moules frites at least once, and this goes with whatever country you're in. Take a day to live like a local, try the local foods and be a tourist.

And finally, being independent kind of sucks. The struggle of having to cook my own food, buy my food, wash all my clothes can be kind of annoying especially when it's your first time moving out of home. Take the effort to make a list and pre-plan what you're going to eat for the week to make your life a whole lot easier.

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