- You see/get invited to an event by a high school friend, go to check out the event page, and then remember they live on the other side of the world
- Your high school friends are scattered across the continents now – there’s ALWAYS someone online. There’s no ‘quiet’ time anymore…
- You’re likely to see drunken tweets and statuses all throughout the day
- The food. It’s just not the same.
- Adjusting to a different currency.. suddenly something is $5? Cheap! Until you realize that’s the equivalent of $40 from back home.
- Learning different subtleties in culture. Little things, like traveller drinks/substantial ‘pres’ before going out to party
- Mum and Dad aren’t an hour away anymore. Try 9 hours and lots of $$$ for an airfare!
- Your best friend most likely didn’t go to the same country as you, so you’re gonna have to make some new ones…
- …so you have to go through the whole process of figuring out who’s genuinely nice, and who’s likely to just screw you over
- All of your old in-jokes and stories? Nobody knows them!
- And last but definitely not least, the sporadic waves of homesickness…
…It’s definitely not all bad though! I’m sure at some point I’ll write up a sequel post about the really great things about being an international student 🙂