Why studying abroad was the best decision I’ve ever made

Let’s face it, everyone out there wants to travel the world. If given the chance, majority of us would be on the next flight to a country we’ve never been to. Unlike many of my college classmates I made the decision to travel to another country while I was still in school. By no means was it an easy process but it was definitely worth it. Nothing felt real until the day I received my Pre-departure packet which included my flight information, packing list,transportation information, and all the information I needed about the University I would be studying at. Only then did I think “I will actually be living in London for 4 months”.  

The first day I got to London, I just remember thinking that everything was so surreal. There was no way that I could’ve flown halfway across the world from Hawaii to London. These kinds of things just don’t happen very often. From that first day I stepped off the plane at Heathrow Airport,I knew my life was about to change. My time in London was spent exploring the city, traveling to Paris and Italy, and just having a blast. I was fortunate enough to attend One Direction’s On The Road Again Tour, London Fashion Weekend, The British Fashion Awards, an Ellie Goulding and Friends concert to tackle homelessness in London, and the BBC Music Awards in Birmingham. I could not have asked for a better time abroad.

I’ve met some friends that I wonder how I went through life without them. Going abroad when I was going through a rough patch in my life was the best decision I’ve made because it allowed me to get away from my life at home for a bit and helped me refocus on my goals in life. Let’s be real here, everyone needs some time to get away from life and I was lucky enough to spend that time in a different country where no one knew me. It was like starting over and being able to redefine myself. Now I’m not saying that you need to completely get away from your life in order to re-think things. But sometimes removing yourself from the situation completely helps you refocus and see what it is you’re missing. Living in a different country helped me discover things about myself that I would’ve never figured out had I not gone. I recommend studying abroad to everyone who even slightly considers it. It helped me grow as a person and helped me get a global perspective of the world. Basically studying abroad is the best thing ever and you should do it.

If you wanna see some of my adventures while I was in London town follow me on instagram @jourdan.marie :)


Only ever went out with one guy I met on Tinder– he was a very popular hipster-y ‘rich kid that didn’t want to be rich’ dude and I’m a borderline hoodrat Latina that grew up in a rough neighborhood. I didn’t think we’d hit it off but gave it a shot because he looked like Robert Downey Jr. with lots of tattoos.

We ended up having a ton of similar interests and one date became two, two became three, and one month turned into three months. Eventually we broke up because he decided to take a job playing his guitar that would let him travel the world. Cue six months of weird, but sweet and sappy (and sporadic) love letters, texts, and calls from different locations all over the world. We both ended up moving on with other people, but we still randomly like each other’s photos on Instagram and talk very occasionally. His band is playing at Lollapalooza, and he’s doing very well for himself.

It was the most random (but interesting and only) Tinder experience ever.

I have a headcanon that since sans has all these pics from prob past resets that flowey caused.

maybe one of those pics is with him and the actual Asriel? I dunno just a dumb headcanon.. but they both know each other whether for good or bad reasons. 

Since flowey said they got tired of making the monsters underground happy.

maybe flowey was once friends with sans?

also another part to this headcanon is when frisk/player lets everyone out of the underground, Maybe sans will travel to see the world and come back to flowey/Asriel to give them little trinkets and tell them about the different places of the outside world.

just a headcanon tho.

“So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.

Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return.” —The Staying Philosophy, Isa Garcia

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