Many of you are probably halfway through your Study Abroad program and time is flying by. The initial phase of culture shock may have passed and you’ve found your “new normal.”
The new routines you’ve created are necessary in some ways to gain stability and actually begin to integrate into the rhythm of your host city and culture. The danger of these routines, however, is when you lose focus on your original priorities and goals.
Take the time to check in with yourself. What were your initial goals and aspirations for Study Abroad? For example, maybe one of your goals was to become fluent in your second language. Assess how that’s really going. Are the things you’re doing and the people you’re doing them with supporting you in accomplishing this goal? If not, what needs to change? Maybe it’s time to finally make a local friend or two or actually go to the language exchange group you’ve been meaning to check out for a month!
Remember that you’re in control of your experience, your attitude, and your choices on Study Abroad. Your time is limited, so avoid going home with any regrets by focusing on the things that are most important to you.