Hindsight is 20/20: 5 ways to make friends while living abroad

Let’s be honest. You will be moving to a new country, and if you have been to France before, it’s very likely that you will be moving to a new city, instead of the one in which you lived before (if you’ve studied abroad or anything like that before. If you were so lucky to get placed in the city in which you studied, congratulations. You’re one of the few lucky ones). ┬áMoving to a new place that you don’t know much about is already difficult, adding the prospect of having to meet all new people makes it even harder and scarier.

However, meeting new people doesn’t have to be scary! It can actually be really exciting and eye-opening. You might end up being friends with people that you would’ve never imagined you would be and learning so much more about life, culture, and yourself because of the friends you end up making.

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Home? Always in transition.

I have always been in transition….or so it has seemed for the last 6 years of my life. This summer has been no different. I came home from France at the beginning of May, and here it is the beginning of August. And all I have to remember of this summer is how much I’ve been working, the beer I’ve been indulging in, and bouncing between my mom’s place and my boyfriend’s place, not really having a space to call my own. So, as you can probably see, I’ve been dying to move, counting down the days until I do so in order that I will have my own space to call my own again so that I can have some privacy and call the shots.

Living in France gave me a sense of independence. I did live in my own apartment, living on my own (albeit small) salary, coming and going when I pleased, and only having to worry about myself. That made coming home to the chaos of calling my mom’s couch my bedroom even harder than I initially anticipated.

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