Well all know the person who returns from a semester abroad and raves about how "amazing," "eye-opening," and "life-changing" their time studying abroad was. Instead of some sort of horizon-expanding cultural immersion, however, all this person did was spend five months on a international European bar crawl, binging their face off with other American college kids while strategically taking new Facebook profile pic at the Eiffel Tower or in a Venice gondola with their new "besties." It's a rite of passage to be a smug, "I'm-enlightened-because-I-travel" douchebag upon returning from a "finding-myself" journey in a strange new land. These people come home and instantly start to overshare quotes on Facebook like "Not all who wander are lost" or pretty much anything from Hemingway's Sun Also Rises, especially that one that goes “you can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”
Look, I say this because I've been there: The greatest thing about studying abroad is that it gives you all sorts of douchey, one-of-a-kind stories to share in your small senior year seminar classes. In your head, these will make you seem like an interesting person, but here's some real-talk:
Sorry to burst your bubble, but all study abroad trips are more-or-less the same, whether you went to Spain, Italy, Israel, Australia, the UK, or Thailand. How college students glowingly talk about these study abroad trips, too, is also pretty much the same. That's what makes this video so amazing. It perfectly the douchiness many American college students have describing their study-abroad experiences upon coming home.