At my university, studying abroad is a rather popular option for juniors. Applications are due a year earlier during sophomore year, and it becomes a pretty commonplace topic of conversation during that time. A lot of the reasons people were giving for why they wanted to study abroad were great – but not always goals I could connect with. People wanted to practice their language ability, get a chance to travel, live in a different country for the first time, challenge themselves, or learn a new culture. During these discussions I felt a little bit out of place, because unlike many of my friends, coming the the U.S. had felt a little bit like a study abroad experience in and of itself. Before starting college I lived outside of the United States for nine years. Many of the usual reasons for studying abroad didn’t really apply to me and my experience. So of course, as an over-analyzing list-maker, I made a pros and cons list for why I should or should not apply to a college study abroad program.
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I have this cute little friend profile/address book thing that I got in Japan when I was in middle school. I still carry it around with me, and yes, I have made my college friends fill out these profiles as well. They have all these random fill-in-the-blanks like “what is your favorite (color, animal, whatevs)” and fun “what if” questions. One of the sections asks you to list the top three things you’re into at the moment. It can be anything from a food you’re been craving recently, or a trip you took or whatever. For example, I’ve listed stuff like mittens, tea, and time with friends for this question. I loved that little portion of the profiles so much, I’ve used the “top three” as a periodic check-in for myself. I like to think it helps me be more grateful and appreciate the little things in life. It can also be a fun little conversation with friends. I’ve definitely collected book and food recommendations by asking friends for their current top three interests. I’ve decided to try out the practice in blog format, and since today is Friday, I’m gonna play with some alliteration and call it my Friday Faves. Maybe you’ll find some fun things to check out, or get inspired to try the “top three” gratitude practice yourself.
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