This is it—the homestretch. There’s less than one month left before my big departure across the Atlantic. This fall, I’ll be studying abroad in London. I’ll be over 3,000 miles from home. I’ll be all on my own. I’ll be scared, lost, and…ok, I’m only kidding.
Yes, I’ll be headed to London on September 1st, and yes, I’ll be over 3,000 miles from home. I won’t however, be on my own. I’ll be on one of Boston University’s study abroad programs with another Hopkins student and over 100 other students from different colleges and universities across America. My parents’ best friends also just happened to move to London for work, so they’ll be my surrogate parents for the semester. Oh, and did I mention that my twin sister will be studying in London as well? She’ll be just four miles away from me studying at University College London. So…yeah. I won’t be alone.
I’m not nervous to leave home, I’m not scared to be in a foreign country, and needing to adapt to another country’s culture doesn’t faze me one bit. I’m upset and a bit uneasy about one thing and one thing only: being away from the friends I’ve made at Hopkins.
One might think that, since it’s summer and all, I’ve already had a long enough window of time to adjust to life without them after 10-month periods of literally living, eating, sleeping, and working together. False. My college friends and I have made a point to see one another on a weekly basis. Whether we’re eating a quick meal together in NYC, having a sleepover and a pool party, or just stopping by to say “hi,” we’ve definitely made time to see one another when we’re not spending time with our families or catching up with our high school friends.
Many of my Hopkins friends will also be studying abroad in Europe this fall. We’ll be coordinating trips together, visiting one another, and exploring the continent. However, some of my friends won’t be studying abroad. In fact, my two roommates from last year will be staying at Hopkins. These are the ones I won’t be seeing for the entire semester, and that, above all else, makes me jittery.
I know I’ll meet new people and make lifelong friends from all corners of the world. I know I’ll have an amazing time learning, traveling, and partying (legally, of course). But even still, to my friends from JHU, to my a cappella group, to my sorority, and to my SAAB family at JHU admissions: I’ll miss you so much and I’ll see you in the spring!!!