I’ve been home for two weeks now and in all honesty, compared to Spain, I’m starting to get bored.
A lot of my friends are still at University, doing important super-duper final year things, achieving incredible awards and top classifications (you know who you are and I’m super proud to be friends with such intelligent and creative people), and in an ironic turn of events I’m waiting for them to return home compared to the other way around.
Luckily, I have plans for next month, meaning my brief idle stint is ending. In the meantime, welcome to the aftermath.
For most, it’s a massive lifestyle shift. It is very unlikely that you will maintain the routine that you will have had in your respective year abroad country. At the same time, you can’t simply go back to your old ways because it’s unlikely that you are the same person you were ten months ago.
Things will have changed at home too. Shops may have closed, others may have opened. Maybe your parents have moved things around, or your tortoise turns out to finally have a sex. Unsurprisingly, there will be things you have missed out on, but that’s okay because I’m sure you will have done some cool things yourself.
People will also ask you a lot of questions. This time, listen out for things like “Did you enjoy it?” “Will you go back soon?” “Is that you done with University now? and the one that terrifies me most: “What are you going to do next?” which scares me a little because I have no idea. Am I behind? Should I have a plan? Who knows. People are obviously just interested and curious, so maybe try not to play a mental drinking game when the same questions get asked over and over again.
Finally, a word for the wise, especially if you’re studying a language. If you are planning on pursuing any kind of career that requires a DBS check, you will need a check for your year abroad country too. I didn’t know this, and my Mum didn’t know this (which is never a good omen). Keep your friends close and your Year Abroad Tutors closer, because mine pulled me out of yet another crisis and although I’m still not too sure if I’ve done the process correctly, at least I can serve as a warning to anyone studying languages, because boy this was a big storm.
PS: If you’re wondering why I’ve been absent for a while, I bought the latest Zelda game and I am obsessed. I’m a lost cause at this point.