5 Ways to Combat Study Abroad Jealousy

When you’re in college you are bound to know at least one person that studies abroad, but more than likely, you will know many. And it is going to slowly kill you. When you see your friends gallivanting across Europe, scuba diving in Australia, and eating sushi in Japan the only emotion you will feel is jealousy.

It doesn’t matter whether its a short summer program or a whole semester abroad, you’re gonna wish you were there instead of stuck in a boring lecture.  And when that happens, we all deal the same way:

Stalk everything they do on social media- The moment you are scrolling through your news feed and realize one of your friends is abroad, you might as well cancel all your plans for the night because you are going deep into stalking mode. You need to catch up on everything ASAP. You haven’t stalked anyone this hard since you’re tenth grade crush, but you certainly haven’t forgotten any of your finely honed skills.   You will exhaust every social media platform and look at every picture until you know the names of all her new foreign friends and the layout of her London flat.

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Fantasize about what you would do if you studied there- During your stalking phase you saw she went to Belgium last weekend and a wine tasting in Italy the week before. At this point you start to imagine all the crazy adventures you would have and all the people you’d meet if you ever decided to study abroad. Fantasies of an Irish musician who will serenade you and whom you will eventually marry begin to fill your head. If it happened to Hilary Swank in PS I Love You it can happen to you.

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Plan your own study abroad trip- Seeing all these other people have amazing, new experiences abroad makes you want to follow in their footsteps. If they can do it why can’t you? Cue reading your university’s study abroad website thoroughly and making an appointment with a study abroad adviser. After your first meeting, you immediately start filling out applications, scholarship forms, and go get your passport picture taken.

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Message your friend-  By now, you’ve seen every Facebook album, tweet, and Instagram post, and you need more! So, you reach out to your friend via Whats App, Viber or some other wifi based texting app to let them know how much you miss them and get up to the minute updates on what they’re doing. Of course, this only increases your jealousy.

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Force them to tell you everything about their trip- As soon as they’re back in the States you schedule a lunch/coffee date so you can hear all about their trip. You keep them for hours and ask a million questions about everything they did, everyone they met, and listen intently to all their stories.

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9 Life Tips from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Sure, Holly Golightly isn’t the best role model in the world. She exploited men for their money, was extremely self involved, and ran away from any and all responsibilities. Nonetheless, as  a heroine in one of the first romantic comedies she deserves our respect. And you’d be surprised to know there are quite a few things that we can learn from her:

Dress to impress:

Holly is always dressed impeccably, even when she is going to bed. I dare you to find one person who didn’t want a sleeping mask or tassle ear plugs after watching this movie.

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Always be the belle of the ball:

Even when throwing her own party she managed to be fashionably late. But, like all good hostesses, she kept the drinks flowing and made sure everyone mingled and had a good time

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Don’t fear lipstick:

No matter what she was doing she had her lipstick on. There are at least three different scenes when she is applying it. Holly knew lipstick was a girl’s best friend and is the key to looking put together. No look is ever complete without a little bit of lip color.

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“A girl can’t read that kinda thing without her lipstick”

New York is the best:

Holly was a very well traveled young woman, from growing up in the midwest to some time in both NY and LA. She saw a lot of different places but chose to live in NY and was a little weary to leave- even if it meant she’d be a diplomats wife in South America.

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Class- Fake it ’till you make it:

Before we had role models like Blair Waldorf and Lauren Conrad we learned to be classy ladies from Holly. Even if she wasn’t so classy on the inside she always looked classy on the outside.

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When everything goes wrong, get drunk 

When Holly’s world gets turned upside down, she takes a night to herself to escape her problems. But just one night. After that she is back to the Holly we know and love and starts to put her life back together again.

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Sometimes you just need to break something:

And for those times when all else fails, its helpful to get your emotions out be breaking a lamp or two.

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Life is meant to be enjoyed:

Don’t stress the little stuff and have fun. Holly could always come up with a good way to spend the day or a fun, new activity.

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Tiffany’s if perfection

Possibly Holly’s most important lesson. She instilled in us a love for Tiffany’s long ago that we have taken with us. Years after seeing this movie my heart still leaps when I see a little blue box coming my way. Maybe I’m incredibly shallow and materialistic but I love Tiffany’s.

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