Guest Post: Mary Kairidi on studying away from home

Studying away from home can always be a challenging reality, whether the distance between you and the old familiar means whole seas or some miles down the road. A college campus forms the core of the educational experience exactly because it brings together people and their travels, who, in all their cross-border distress and knowledge, search to adapt and settle. The deep suspicion of a single home solidifies, while objects upon objects try to fill the void of the dorm room. What happens to the nostalgic ones who dream of their return everyday, unable to participate full-heartedly to the wonderful present of college life?


A trip back home would be recommended. As being away often mystifies the object of longing, a return could put things in perspective and result in a new, lucid appreciation. For those of us who locate our base overseas, airfares and their notoriously high prices impel us to familiarize ourselves with all sorts of traveling tips and maneuvers. The practices are widely known; booking a ticket way in advance can reduce the cost significantly. Thankfully, American colleges publish their yearly academic calendar very much ahead of time. Never escaping risk however, booking a ticket that much in advance entails a cancelation fee in the case of change of plans. If, for instance, you get a summer internship or arrange to stay a little longer for your friends’ graduation.

Often airlines provide membership cards, calculating the miles passengers have traveled on their company or on any other affiliated one, promising gradual unlocking of bonuses and access to convenient services. Signing up for a membership card is usually free of charge and not particularly binding. The more you travel the more you benefit. As long as you choose the same airline alliance, you find yourself welcome to carry an extra bag, to spend your in between flights time in the airline’s lounge in company of fresh fruits and fellow travelers or to bypass a daunting waiting line simply by showing your membership card. While all these benefits come from a complex and well-thought marketing plan, experience testifies that they are more helpful than malign. Signing up as soon as one starts crossing oceans could be a prudent move.


Unfortunately flying overseas is not an economical hobby, and there are not many merry solutions to this. However, long-distance traveling is an experience of promising thrills and cosmopolitan realities. On my homecoming, not only am I carrying semesters of exciting new material; I am also carrying the fleeting landscapes that kept me company throughout the journey and the intensely ephemeral conversations with other on-the-road fellows. Nostos concludes with the deep conviction in establishing worldwide ties.

Adriana Lucci is an NYC wanderer, aspiring writer & gastronomer whose other interests include gender studies, street style, and everything Italia. She is currently reconciling her culinary and liberal arts educations through food writing. In addition to studying at Sarah Lawrence and editing Wanderlust for SLC Speaks, Adriana interns for Spenser Magazine. One of her life goals is to eat sushi suspended in a zero gravity chamber. Tweet her @0gravitysushi

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