You know something obvious that I, Miss Aspiring Marketer, completely forgot about when thinking about my study abroad experience here in London? The impact of social media.
I swear, all you do the first few weeks is add people on Instagram. Even if you speak to that person one time — in your following they go. As days pass on, the only connection you have with them is occasionally liking their posts or watching their stories. But you think to yourself: I’m in the same position as them. We’re both international students in London, we’re both getting our postgrad degrees, but how come they’re out partying until 2AM every night, or going shopping at Oxford Street, or taking day trips to Cambridge and Bath, while I sit in my communal kitchen stressing over the same marketing concept I’ve been trying to grasp for the last three days?
It’s important to remember that things aren’t always as they seem. Take me, for instance. I go out about once a week, but space my stories on out Instagram (shameless plug right here) which makes it seem like I’m out and exploring all the time. In fact, the other day I got a DM from one of these “friends” I made in my first week, asking me how I find all these cool places and how I make time to study and keep my grades up. That made me laugh, because it’s so obvious that things aren’t as they seem online.
And also, to stop comparing my situation to others. Maybe that girl who spent last weekend in Paris pulled multiple all-nighters the week before. Maybe that guy who went mini-golfing is failing his classes. Who knows? And also – who cares?! As long as you know you’ve got your sh*t together, just do you, boo.