Material Things I Will Miss About America When I Study Abroad

As I spend these last few weeks swamped with homework and making final arrangements to study abroad, I'm trying to savor every last bit of American living as I can. I know, I know, it's not like I'm going to a different planet. But I have NO idea what to expect when I get to London, and I'm assuming some of those little comforts of home will be what I miss most!

  1. Reality TV: Sad but true, I am obsessed with all things reality TV. Real Housewives (every city), Say Yes to the Dress, The Voice...I'm going to miss it all. Don't even get me started on how I'll miss the next installment of The Bachelor series. I'm trying not to think about it.
  2. "Fast" food: Some of my weekly vices are Panera, Qdoba, Subway, and pizza. I'm not sure how available these chains are in London, but I'm guessing it will help me finally break the habit. (But I will especially miss the Strawberry Chicken Salad that comes to Panera only in the summertime! Sigh...)
  3. Texting/calling: This might be tough. I'm so used to shooting my mom a text throughout the day if I think of something important that it's become a knee-jerk reaction. This will be a tough one to break once I get overseas and am depending on Skype for communication!
  4. Radio stations: It took me two years of living in Bloomington to finally find the stations I like. And now I'm going to a different country where that process will start allll over again. (Bringing the iPod for back-up just in case!)
  5. Having a car: While public transportation is great, and the system is so efficient in London, I think I will miss the independence of having a car and being confident in my driving abilities (on the right side of the road!) and sense of direction. 

So really, there's not a TON to complain about. I'm living in London for eight weeks...I think that it is MORE than worth it to give some of these habits! The list of things I am looking forward to about London far outweighs this list of things I'll miss at the moment. However, having this list will make coming home after the program that much sweeter. 

What would you miss most about America if you had to move to a different country?

About The Author
Rachel HartogJournalism Major, Class of 2014, Georgetown, IN

I am a journalism major and business minor and plan to graduate in May 2014. Some of my best experiences in life have been because of IU, including studying abroad, meeting great people, and having an awesome internship

After I graduate, I hope to get into the broadcast journalism field, either traveling as a field reporter or getting to cover local events. I'm still exploring what specific area interests me but am open to just about anything!

I am looking forward to sharing all of my experience and everything that makes IU such a great place to be on this blog!