Lauren Schoenherr: Advice from someone who’s been there

  • Do your absolute best to learn the local language! You will earn a lot of respect from your team and your community, and it will just make everything else easier, from grocery shopping to finding your way around to making new friends.  It will also teach you so much more about the country and the culture than any Wikipedia entry ever could. Note: Liquid courage may help. Also, a lot of TV.
  • Enjoy it while it lasts – and make the most of it! You never know how long you will be able to play.
  • Humans are adaptable creatures. I’m convinced that you can get used to almost anything. Things might seem strange at first, but if you give it some time and go with the flow, you’ll be fine.
  •  “When in Rome…” This idea will get you far.
  • Thankfully, before I moved to Europe I had a very wise person tell me: “Be open to everything. Don’t judge whether things are better or worse than they are here. Remember: it’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different.” Probably the best advice I ever received. Keeping this in mind got me through some difficult moments, and eventually led to me really embracing the differences.

 

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