Enjoying Abroad, Missing College

I have and probably will never be someone who gets homesick. Whether I am away at sleep away camp, school, or on vacation, I am never thinking about what my friends or family are doing back home. I tend to live in the present and appreciate each moment life has to offer. I do however suffer from generalized anxiety, so any random instance can increase my anxiety levels, however, being away from home has never once been a trigger.

Some people believe Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. The University of Arizona, my home university, is my version of Disneyland. The University of Arizona has been my happy place since I began freshman year in 2014. I dread going home for breaks because my best moments are in Tucson with my best friends. Every break, my friends and I countdown the days until we are reunited. Now that I am studying abroad, and away from school and most of my friends, I have been anxious to get back to Tucson. Don’t get me wrong, I am having the best time of my life traveling through Europe, but lately, I have been missing everything about Arizona.

At one point during the semester, I felt like I needed to put myself back in the loop of events that were happening at school. So, I started paying more attention to my friend’s social media platforms, along with the University of Arizona’s platforms. Here are some of the events that I have missed:

Sorority Events

My sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, has made my college experience incredible. I met the most amazing, down-to-earth, people who I am certain will be my friends for life. I am not the typical, stereotypical sorority girl, so deciding to go through sorority recruitment made me nervous. However, as soon as I realized my house was not a stereotypical sorority, in that the girls are very relaxed and not extremely girly, I felt very at ease and comfortable. If it were not for this, I probably would be as involved as I have been for the past three years.

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This semester, my sorority hosted a philanthropy event at the house where they sold fries and milkshakes and donated all the funds to our national philanthropy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Part of me wanted to be back in Arizona supporting my sisters, however, it was exciting to see all the photos posted from the event. I also donated to the event so I could be as supportive as possible while being in another country. Alpha Epsilon Phi also informed all of their social media followers that they raised over $10,000 for the cause. I was so incredibly excited and proud of them for all of their hard work.

My sorority is constantly active on multiple social media platforms, which allows me to stay updated on what they are doing throughout the semester, thanks to: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The social media manager shares photos from all of the sorority activities held in the Spring.

It is also very comforting to know that my sisters miss and support me while I’m studying abroad just as much as I miss and support them! Despite the significant 9-hour time difference between Spain and Arizona, I still take time to talk to my closest friends in the sorority at least once every day.

Anytime I feel a little anxious about being away from my closest friends at school, I can look back at instances like this to remind myself that my sisters are thinking about me too!

March Madness

March Madness is hands-down my favorite part of March. Arizona Basketball has a great team and I enjoy watching them play in the tournament. Throughout the past decade, I have followed Arizona basketball and always look forward to watching them play every March.

Being so far away from school this past March Madness was more difficult than I had anticipated. Not having my fellow Arizona basketball fans by my side during the most competitive and exciting time of the season felt lonely. Whether Arizona wins or loses, it’s always comforting being surrounded by people who share the same feeling as me. This season, the University of Arizona unfortunately lost in the second round of the tournament.

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I was not able to watch the game because it was 4 in the morning in Spain. When I woke up, I was very upset to hear the disappointing news even though I did not see it happen. I watched videos of the game recap, thanks to social media. I am looking forward to March Madness next year when I am back in Arizona.

Spring Fling

Every April, the University of Arizona hosts their annual Spring Fling carnival on campus. Since I attended my first Spring Fling when I was a freshman, it has become one of my favorite events of the year. The carnival has over 40 rides, amazing food booths, and live music.

Since I have been enjoying traveling Europe all semester, I did not think I would care much about missing Spring Fling this year. However, when my friends posted photos and videos from the carnival, it looked like everyone was having a great time. I felt like I was missing out by not attending this year, however, I was informed about it through its’ Twitter account.

This year, We the Kings performed at the carnival. In fact, I found this out when it was tweeted about.

I grew up listening to We the Kings, so I found this to be an awesome headliner for Spring Fling! I even got to see a clip of the performance from Twitter as well.

Traveling abroad has been an amazing experience. However, I think I am ready to head back to school. Four months without my real best friends is long enough. For once in my life I can admit that I am feeling a bit homesick (from college), so I guess Arizona really is my home away from home.

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