The 7 People You Meet on Your Study Abroad

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The Partier

You’re on study abroad, you’re under 21, and for the first time in your life you can drink in public!! But there’s always that one person (or group of friends) who are out every single night, regardless of class, exam, or project presentation the next day.  And somehow they always bounce back and make it to class, looking a little worse for wear, but ready to do it all again the following night.  How they don’t have an eternal hangover is baffling to everyone.

The Hater

The person everyone is nice to, but mostly so they don’t get blasted on social media.  This is the person who hates where they are studying, and no one can quite figure out why.  It’s not because they’re homesick, because they make it clear they wouldn’t want to be home by the posts for their weekend trips- but they have some personal vendetta against the city they are studying in.  Why? We don’t know, but we’re just gonna let them hate.

The One Who Might “Accidentally” Miss Their Flight Back

There’s always one in every group.  Either you’re not sure they’re going to come back, or they actually don’t come back.  These are usually the people who come back t0 work for a tour company, or end up traveling extensively after their degree.  You know the type.  Those kids who start a travel blog. Sheesh.  No one likes them.

The Homesick One

You feel bad for them, but you also can’t quite comprehend why they would rather be at home during one of the most exciting times of their lives.  Typicaclly these people stay in their rooms a lot and focus on school so they aren’t thinking too much of missing home.  The best way to deal with a homesick person is to continue inviting them to everything you do, but don’t pressure them to participate- everyone handles homesickness in their own way!  Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help and do as they ask, as long as it’s within your limitations!

The One Who’s “Been to Europe Before”

AKA the know-it-all.  Meaning they travelled to Europe for 3 weeks with their parents 3 summers ago.  Or maybe one of their parents are from somewhere in Europe and that makes them a walking travel book.  Take what they say worth a grain of salt, and do some research on your own.  You’ll be better off for it in the end.

The Planner

This is the person who plans every single trip you go on. From finding hostels and Air BnBs, to booking train tickets and giving you a rough itinerary. This person puts their travel guru mask on and gets the job done to make life a whole lot easier.

The One Who’s Down for Anything

Want to go skydiving? Sure!! Want to go hiking today? Sure!  Want to drink wine in the Piazza and people watch? Sure!  Want to take a day trip tomorrow? Sure! Where to!?
This person is great to have as a roommate or BSAFF (best study abroad friend forever) because they are down for ANY adventure.  They’re there with you no matter what and will be by your side through tourist traps, and amazing secret finds.

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