My computer broke & it’s a pain typing on my iPod.
I really like the way you look at it.
- Person: "YOU SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE?!"
- Me: "Yeah..."
- Person: "SAY SOMETHING IN IT!"
- Me: -Forgets entire language-
I’d say that’s pretty normal. Some people meet their best friend on exchange and some just have friends for the time they’re there.
As far as being sad, that can happen sometimes. It might be a delayed version of culture shock, or maybe it’s the fact that you don’t feel close to any friends that’s made you feel like that. I would give it a week or so to see if your feelings change & then consider talking to someone (host family, program, etc.)
It could possibly make it harder to find a family depending on where you go on exchange. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find one at all, students with dietary restrictions will just require a more specific family (either another gluten free family or one who is willing to make you special meals)
That is actually fairly normal. Almost everyone gains weight on exchange, and if you’re used to being that weight you were back home, it can be a hit on your self esteem. Not only that, but at the same time you’re trying to adjust, so those two things together can cause some problems. BUT that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything, actually you need to be doing things to get your confidence back up. Join a sport, be daring and ask someone to hang out with you, go explore your town or city by yourself, and things like that. Do whatever you would be doing back home, regardless of the fact that you’re in a new country with a new weight (I know, easier said than done). Trying to get a sense of normalcy will help A LOT with your adjustment.
Anyone who has gone to or knows more about the University of Warwick, send me a message that I can post for anon! :)
I put photos of my friends, my family, and my neighborhood (below the cut are some of the photos I used)