Growing up an avid traveller, all I ever wanted to do was spend a little time living in England. I had visited England six times for month long vacations, and each time I grow more attached, fell more in love with the country. England had undoubtedly been my favourite country since I was seven: its rich culture, history and beautiful London all appealed to me.
I wanted to have a living experience in the UK, and after looking into my visa options, I decided a semester abroad was the cheapest option for me, so that’s exactly what I did. Leaving Australia behind for seven months wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Perhaps this is because I’ve been travelling abroad since I was seven years old, or maybe because I am just trying to make the most of my experience. Either way, I am not homesick nor do I have recurring dreams of life back in Australia.
There are five stages to studying abroad: excitement, disorientation, loneliness, homesickness and acceptance. Most people experience these stages at different points of their experience abroad, and there is no set time for each stage to occur. They simply depend on how well an individual can adjust to their new environment. The best way for these stages or me to get through these stages, or even avoid them altogether, was to accept my new home straight away.
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