The opportunity for a year abroad on degree courses is often described as “the best year of your life”. Language student Lottie Fisher, back home from Buenos Aires and Naples, isn’t so sure.
So… I take issue with this article, for several reasons. Mainly the idea that the year abroad has been sold to us as “the best year of your life”. Yes, our lecturers were all very jealous, and yes, we’ve had to endure family and friends saying things like “oh, I wish I could just go and have a holiday in Spain for six months.”. Do some Year Abroaders really believe that this time is actually a holiday, and is going to be just like Freshers’ year, but with more sun, and cheaper drinks?
Apparently, based on this article, yes.
I thought I would structure this blog entry as rebuttal to each of the main points that Lottie Fisher has written. Here goes:
“They rave about the huge number of foreign friends that they have made, how much they integrated into the foreign culture, and how they now speak their language or languages as fluently as a native.”
When I was in France, I found it incredibly difficult to make friends. Judging by the amount of conversations I’ve had with people, most people have found the same way. But here’s the thing – you have to take the opportunities when they are presented to you.