As I celebrate another year of living abroad these are the lessons I’ve learned along the way
1) LEARN LESSONS FROM COLLEGE THAT AREN’T IN THE TEXTBOOKS
There’s a reason not everyone works in the field they got their undergrad degree in, it’s because for employers the skills you learned outside the classroom are extremely valuable. Studying abroad has given me knowledge that I could never get in a classroom.
2) BE PRESENT
There’s so much about the future that we can’t predict, and everything in the past, we can’t change. Thus the only thing to left to do is live in the present. For our generation this includes separating our phones from the moments we need to feel in real time.
3) LEARN TO SAVE
Take it from me, there will always be times in your life that you wish you had backup money. Start a saving plan, even if it’s only a couple dollars/pounds a week. It will always benefit you in the long run.
4) COOK, COOK, COOK
Takeaways can’t last forever my friend. Learning to cook is one of those skills that lasts a lifetime, even if it’s super basic meals.
5) LET GO OF FRIENDS
As the saying goes “you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with”. When I first decided to move to London I definitely had people that discouraged my decision. So it’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize your friends around you don’t line up with the person you want to be. Adulthood is not high school, you have the freedom to walk away from relationships if they’re not healthy for you or your growth. It’s tough, but a very necessary step in becoming your best self.
6) TRY EVERYTHING
Frankly in your 20’s you’re meant to fail. The beautiful thing about that is you can explore everything, even if it doesn’t work out. Try a new sport, pick up a hobby, go to new places. It’s the only way to find yourself.
7) HAVE DIVERSITY IN YOUR FRIENDSHIPS
I was blessed to always live in places where people are from everywhere, but I understand everyone cannot be as lucky. Having friends of all difference races, ages and sexuality has taught me so much about so many many cultures and ways of living, and if I’m honest has forced me to let go of so many subconsciousness stereotypes I may have had before.
8) DON’T WAIT FOR TRAVEL
This is the most important advice I can give. Travel NOW. We have conditioned ourselves to think we have a lifetime, when in reality we could die at any moment. Travel teaches you more about life than any subject ever has, with memories and experiences that you can never put a price tag on, make it a priority.