By Yasmine Saad

You’ve waited for this day your whole life, the day you get to finally be on your own and study in a different country! You’ve made up scenarios in your head about all the amazing things you’re going to finally be able to do. Best of all, you’ll be able to do anything your little heart desires!
Here’s a reality slap for you; it’s not as glamorous and amazing as it seems.. Real talk, living alone and studying abroad is no walk in the park and can be pretty tough.

Here are some harsh realities of living abroad:

  1. You’re hungry; ALL THE TIME.
    This is the number one thing that makes living alone a pain; you’re literally hungry for about 96.7% of the day. You will find yourself thinking about food and only food.
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  2. Where did all my money go?
    Parents have some positive aspects and that is keeping you in check with your spending but now you’re living alone and no one can tell you how to spend your money. This will make you have very awkward conversations with your parents asking them to add more money to your debit card. But hey, that’s another positive aspect of parents; they help you out in times of crisis.
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  3. FOMO (fear of missing out)
    Thanks to social media, you’re able to see everything your friends are up to back home. This has its downsides especially when you’re bored in your dorm room/apartment and decide to hop onto Snapchat and see all your friends having a great time without you. This makes you reevaluate your decision if studying abroad was really the right choice for you.
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  4. Culture Shock
    This may come as shock for a few but the whole world is not like your hometown. You will find things that you are totally not used to. For all you Middle Easterners studying abroad, public display of affection is a totally normal thing so get used to it.
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  5. Homesickness will get to you
    Sure studying abroad is a great way to meet new people and explore different places but your home will always be at the back of your mind. You will find yourself reminiscing about everything that used to happen; the things you used to take for granted are the things you will find yourself missing the most.