On Study Abroad you will most likely be confronted with situations that challenge you. Whether it’s the people, the language, the food, the living situation, the cultural norms and beliefs or any number of other things, discomfort is part of the experience. A natural reaction is to cling to the things that are familiar and provide stability, but the most personal growth happens when you stay with the discomfort.
Instead of searching high and low for your favorite brand of snack food, or even finding the closest substitute, enjoy discovering new foods you may have never heard of. Rather than just hanging out with people on your program from your home country, seek out opportunities to make local or international friends. If someone makes a comment that you don’t agree with, let go of your current belief for just a moment and try to understand their personal and cultural perspective rather than just dismissing them.
When you’re willing to lean into the discomfort, and resist the urge to recreate the life you lead back home, you make room for new people, experiences and personal growth. It doesn’t mean you’ll love everything you try, but you can be sure you’ll love the person you become in the process!