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    Okay, so here goes.

    I’m in the process of studying for a degree in MFLs and this past academic year was supposed to be my “year abroad”. Unfortunately, it got cut halfway through due to health and family reasons, which sucked, and I wasn’t able to complete the second period of my time away. My uni gave me an official dismissal and said they would allow me to continue on as usual, and finish my final year this September. I didn’t feel I’d had enough exposure to the target language and the “full experience” though, so I begged and begged for them to let me do my year abroad again this academic year.

    However, and this is the problem, I’m now worried (go figure) that I’ve made the wrong decision, and that when I return in September 2017 to do my final year, it’ll be miserable as all my friends will have graduated and my social network gone.

    Has anyone been in a similar position, or know someone who was? And if so, did you find it easy to essentially start over and make new friends, and still enjoy your last year of Uni?

    I ask because if it really was disastrous, I think there still might just be time to tell my university I’ve changed my mind, and go ahead and do my final year now.

    Thanks in advance for any response/opinions!
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    I did a year at one uni, failed and re-did first year at a different uni. So I had to start again with new friends etc, but I still talk to my other friends and see them when I can (distance). Due to course lengths as well they graduate after this year and I'll still have 3 to go. Don't think of it as losing your friends because if you were close then you won't, you're just making even more.

    It may be slightly different because I started again in 1st year where everyone was new and meeting people, instead of you joining in 3rd or 4th year where people already know each other but I'm sure you'll be able to find a group. I'd say if you really want to go abroad again you should do it, it will be a great experience for you and I'm sure you'll manage once you get back to make other friends and still keep in touch with your existing ones
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