I am one of the 250,000 students who studied abroad last year. While the majority of these students returned home with life-changing anecdotes, I have a different story to tell.
It didn't work out for me.
I left my study abroad experience in Brighton, England six weeks into the 15 week program. This was mid-semester for all of my peers. While they were mid-semester in their respective colleges, I was living at my parents' home in Rice Lake, WI. I've been racking my brain every since I returned home, trying to figure out "what went wrong." There very well might not be an answer to that question but I owe myself the time to think critically and write about what happened.
I thought it would be the experience of a life-time. I thought I would travel throughout all of Europe. Above all else, I thought I could do it.
I'll start by examining my travel documents, bank statements, e-mails, journals and Facebook messages from the six weeks that I lived in England. Equally important, I will look at these artifacts from the time I spent at home when the rest of my peers were away at school.
Today I got an e-mail from easyJet, a cheap European airline. I've tried several times to unsubscribe from the spam mail but it seems that in more than one way I can't escape. Last spring I booked a flight from London, England to Barcelona, Spain--a flight I never boarded. This makes me feel like shit. Why?
Are you interested in reading my account?