Well, the meaning of the word study-abroad, is self explanatory. You are taking classes – studying, away from home – abroad. However, students have yet to understand this concept, as being away from home doesn’t exactly make you want to put studying at the top of your priority list. Well in any case, I’m personally taking pharmacy classes on this trip, starting with biochemistry here in Salamanca. Needless to say, this is more confusing than biology and organic chemistry put together, because essentially this subject juxtaposes these two – which can be considered two of the toughest sciences of medicine (of course, my opinion is arguable)…
Anyway, my point is that the lively night scene in European cities makes it impossible for American students to focus on their studies, and I am just concerned about what will happen during finals week. So I will keep you posted about what happens.
It is especially difficult to adjust to living and “studying” abroad if you are homesick, and even more so if you have a loved one back home. While everyone is out partying and looking to make new friends and flings, you are kinda stuck between being outgoing in this new place, and holding on to everything back home. And you also can’t reassure your boyfriend or girlfriend, that they have nothing to worry about, because they won’t believe you anyway.
Study abroad – is it worth it?