If you have a serious boyfriend or girlfriend and are planning on spending time abroad, you’ll have to face The Question: whether you should stay in the relationship during your trip or take the opportunity to be single and independent. Reasons for ending the relationship before studying abroad can range from the hedonistic (“I want to meet foreign hotties”) to the healthy (“Spending time without a relationship will help us both grow”). Make a list of pros and cons if you have to: this decision will definitely impact your experience in the coming months.
First of all, take a moment to think about it: if you’re serious enough about this relationship that you would consider trying long-distance while abroad, then it’s probably the ideal time to spend some time independently living your lives to see if your romantic chemistry will outlast the experience.
Whatever you choose, your decision should be made to help you have the best possible experience abroad. So no matter what, keep in mind: this is YOUR time. Sharing your experience with others is a joy, but ultimately it is your perspective and your life that will be most altered by your time abroad.
So…you thought long and hard, you talked it out and asked for advice and finally decided…you’re staying together. Now what?