Leaving behind friends and family is one of the hardest parts of going on a year abroad, especially if that means saying goodbye to your boyfriend or girlfriend. When you’re in a relationship, the prospect of one of you taking a year abroad can lead to a difficult question. Will your relationship survive a year apart? It may not be the obvious option, but going abroad as a couple could be the solution. My boyfriend and I have spent the past nine months living in France together. Here’s how we did it and what we wish we’d known beforehand!
I'm writing this because I wish I had documented my time abroad better. It has bugged me ever since, especially as my computer had an irrevocable crash and I lost a huge number of my favourite photos (pleeease make sure you print them, or at least back them up properly!).
To help you avoid making the mistake I did, here are some great ways to preserve your photographs and itineraries: scrapbooking, an intriguing handbag idea, a stop-motion video, a clever keyring, a beautiful printed book, or even a photo patchwork quilt/cushion can all come to your memory's rescue when you're a nostalgic graduate.
Olivia is studying Spanish and History at Sheffield University and is on her year abroad in Madrid. Here are her 9 tried-and-tested general tips for year abroad students...