A Fresh Start in the Same Place: My Second Semester Studying Abroad in Argentina

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Christina Zogopoulou
March 24, 2024

Embarking on a study abroad journey is a similar experience to starting a new book; you're never quite sure where the story will take you, whether you will like it or not, but you're eager to dive into its pages. Last semester, I decided to study abroad in Argentina with IES Abroad, a decision that transformed not just my academic perspective but my entire outlook on life. As I stepped into my second semester here, I found myself in an unexpected scenario: starting over in the same place. My friends from last semester are not here anymore, leaving behind memories that have stayed in the corners of my favorite spots. Now, I have to forge new friendships, take different classes with different professors, and move into a new apartment. 

The transition from the familiar comfort of last semester to the excitement of the unknown of this one has been a unique experience. I am in a place I know very well, but now I am rediscovering it with different people, going to different places and finding new favorite spots and habits. On one hand, I miss the late-night conversations with friends, our traditions and classic hangouts, and all the happiness and hard moments that we went through together. On the other, there's something exhilarating about this fresh start. It's like having the chance to repaint a canvas with new colors and textures, each stroke fueled by experiences from the past and dreams for the future.

Meeting new people has been both exhausting and amazing. It will always take time until you find the right ones, and sometimes you may think you have found them but you realize you don’t connect anymore. This semester, I allowed myself to meet many different people before I decided who I want to invest more time with, and even now it’s still hard to tell. Creating friendships takes time and energy. However, my social interactions this semester have enriched my stay, filling my days with laughs and happiness. 

The move to a new apartment was another reset button. It was an opportunity to create a new space that reflects the person I've grown into over these months. This new living situation has brought me closer to different parts of the city, since now I live in the neighborhood of Palermo. This has allowed me to explore neighborhoods I had previously glanced over and find new favorite spots that I now cherish with the new people. It has also been an important factor in not missing my last semester friendships as much since the space is different, making their absence less obvious. 

Despite being in the same country, this semester feels entirely distinct. It's a testament to how dynamic the study abroad experience can be. The landscape may remain the same, but the people, the experiences, and even I am in a constant state of flux. This change, this ability to start anew in a familiar setting, is what keeps the adventure exciting. It proves that it's not just the place that shapes us, but the experiences we gather and the people we meet along the way.


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Christina Zogopoulou

I am a travel enthusiast; originally from Greece but have lived in three different continents, including Asia, Europe, and North America. I am excited to live in Buenos Aires and love the constant movement of the city and its vibrant culture.

Home University:
Claremont McKenna College
International Relations
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