I’m starting a blog about living and studying abroad

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. I was thinking about starting a new blog for the longest time and now it finally feels like it’s the right time to do it. I’m starting this blog about living and studying abroad because by the end of the year I will be living and studying in Toronto and I have a lot of things I want to share about this.

why you should start a blog while living and studying abroad

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Over the years I’ve read a lot of expat blogs and tons of study abroad blogs. I loved reading about other people’s adventures away from their home, I liked that they were always sharing tips and giving others amazing suggestions and ideas. I always thought having a blog was a cool thing, so now that it’s my turn to go study and live abroad I’ve decided to start Sarah in the Six.

Why I want to start a live/study abroad blog

To always have a place to come to

Right now I’m still just overly excited about the big move. I keep saying that the only thing that scares me about my future is the -10°C, but I’ve been reading a lot of expat blogs and I know I’m bound to have some sort of homesickness at some point or to feel discouraged when something doesn’t go the way I want it to.

So this will be the place that will remind me why I’m doing it and also the place where I can turn to, where I can write and vent, ask for advice and connect with other people that have been there before.

To keep a record of my life

Then why not just post your pictures on facebook or write your private journal, you may ask. Well, I hate sharing too much on Facebook and I don’t want to have my whole life on there. Sarah in the Six is my own place and I can do everything I want with it. Others can come here and visit my little corner of the web and they can choose to close this window anytime they want to.

The reason I’m not just keeping a private journal is that I get bored after a couple of days of writing everything down by hand. Also, I want to write for other people, I want to inspire others, give them tips and tricks and even concretely help them, if possible.

To reflect on the past

I like to think that a blog about travelling, living, or studying abroad is like a collection of souvenirs from all the different (literal and symbolical) places you’ve been to. I will write everything down, the good and the bad, so I can preserve every little detail of my adventures. A year or two or five from now, I could come back and see how much (or how little) changed in my life.

To connect with others

Blogging will be a fun way to keep my friends and family updated, to share my stories and adventures with them. It will also give me a chance to get in touch with locals and other people temporarily living or just visiting Toronto.

To improve my written english

I’ve decided I will write this whole blog in English. I already write a lot in English, but writing more than a caption for an Instagram picture is definitely still a bit challenging. Since I will attend a course where I’ll probably have to write essays (and I am already dreading it), I need some extra practice and writing about things I’m passionate about seems like a fun and easy way to do it.

Do you have a blog? Or are you thinking about starting a blog? What are your reasons?

If your looking for more about college abroad, be sure to check my college abroad group board on Pinterest and let me know if you’d like to join it.

Sarah

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  • Hi Sarah! I can’t wait to follow along with you! I’m looking forward to reading how your college experience is compared to how mine was! Also, a huge thank you to being my first official follower since I relaunched my site. You just made my day!

    • Thank you so much! I am so ready to start this new adventure and I can’t wait for January (I hope I will stay this motivated even when I’ll actually have to study). And thank you for following me too 🙂

      • It’s not too bad to manage all of it together. There are some weeks where I have to step back and remind myself that my blog will still be there and to focus on studying. I’m finally picking it all back up this week and decided it was a good time to relaunch and get back into it!

        • Yes, blogging takes up so much time, but for me it’s so fun, in fact I spend too much time on it. Luckily I have a bit of time off until January, then I know I’ll have to set hours and priorities. But we can make it!

          • Heck yeah, planning really helps. I try to stay on top of it and have a couple of posts setup to publish for when I am too busy to sit down and work on something new. It’s made a big difference.

          • That’s a great idea! I will definitely try and have a couple of posts ready for when I’ll be super busy.

  • Why Sarah in the Six, if I may ask? 🙂

    • The Six is a nickname for the city of Toronto. Thank you for asking, you made me realize I didn’t write anything about the meaning behind my blog name anywhere.