However, being broke and having a lousy economy back home isn’t an excuse to sit at your apartment and stream movies during the rest of your study abroad experience. Again, you’ve got to be savvy! But being savvy isn’t enough sometimes. You’ve already seemingly committed yourself to paying off your debts to multiple debt collectors for the next thirty years, so again to re-iterate, don’t just sit there, make something happen!
We’re all still young here and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that if there is a will, there’s definitely a way. Call your great Aunt you haven’t spoken to in seven months, plead to your parents and promise to never put them in a nursing home if they can spot you 200 more euro for that end of the semester trip you’ve always wanted to go on. (Wink Wink) Maybe start a car wash (or a vespa wash?) with your group of 30 girlfriends. Just make sure to write the signs in Italian and they’ll stop. Offer to work with bars, restaurants, clubs and tour companies to get kickbacks if you can bring them business. Split the cash, do what you gotta do when it comes down to it. Don’t waste any more time, stop making excuses about not having money.
Where there is a will there’s a way, and I firmly believe travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Book those last few trips, go out to that expensive restaurant, spend more time at different restaurants, jump into new conversations with new people, because life is all about networking. The last words of wisdom I’ll preach to you is, money is made to be spent. You can’t take it with you when you die, so you might as well spend it on the things that matter the most to you, right now.
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