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About Me:Hi I’m Nadege and I study French at the University of Leeds, and I have just completed my third year abroad in Montpellier studying literature and enjoying the sunshine! I love art; painting and being creative, as well as photography and baking. Travelling is my favourite hobby at the moment; experiencing the French language and culture. I hope you enjoy reading some of my articles!
3. Stop complaining! So you may find some aspects of the culture irritating, or may simply be missing home, but although it’s easier said than done, try to stop complaining. By doing so, you will appreciate the things you enjoy more, and won’t bring others down.
4. Keep in touch with home. Using Skype is a great way to cheer yourself up if you are missing home, as it is as if your family or friends were there with you. You are able to give them a tour of where you live via Skype and as this is free, it is a great way to keep in contact, rather than a phone call. Also, if your friends or family can afford to, invite them out to visit you. It is always better when your friends or family from home come out for a visit because then they are able to understand the life you live in your chosen country, and it gives you something to look forward to. It is also important (if you aren’t too far away from home), to visit home when you feel the time is right. Try not to go back home every month, because you won’t be making the most of the year abroad, but for example at Christmas, go home and make the most of home comforts. This way, when you return to complete your year abroad you will feel much happier as you won’t be missing home, and you can make the most of your time left.
5. Stop comparing! Stop comparing your home life with your life in your chosen country, because the cultures will both have positives and negatives, and you probably won’t be living in a place as nice as you did at home. Focus on how your host country has many positive aspects, and why you chose to live there. It’s ok if things are more expensive, or if people are different. Nothing will be the same, but you chose to live there for a reason! The weather may be nicer, or the lifestyle may be better in your host country, therefore simply stop comparing and enjoy life! Embracing your new lifestyle is the best thing you can do, and also do not compare your year abroad to others, as everyone’s is different, and everyone will have different ups and downs.
6. Make a scrapbook or a blog. I made a scrapbook during my year abroad of everywhere I visited, and I collected leaflets, postcards etc. of the places I went to, to fill my scrapbook with. You can make it colourful and creative and it is a great way for people to see what you have been up to on your year abroad, as well as for yourself in the future. I really enjoyed making my scrapbook, as I wanted to do something personal. Others may enjoy writing a blog and sharing it with others online to give others advice or information about year abroads and to let people know what they’ve been up to.