That’s why the ‘bit of fun’ may not be quite as fun as it first seems.2. but eventually I will, even though I know getting emotionally invested might not be the smartest choice in the long-term.”In the final months of last semester, a close friend of mine experienced this for herself.A fellow exchange student, she was faced with the conundrum of how to deal with her obvious feelings for an American classmate, with her departure date looming and no definite return in sight.This past Valentines’ Day, as another year of singledom loomed, I took a step back to consider why a relationship just wasn’t working for me.
For me, the prospect of falling for somebody, and then facing the inevitability of living thousands of miles away from them once I return home, is not something I would relish. “I have found love.”This third type presents the most security, but is also the hardest to find.Nevertheless, I know some couples who have been lucky enough to find love during their studies in America.I moved away from home to a university in Liverpool, only to find out 6 months later that I would be leaving again to spend a year in College Park, Maryland.Perhaps these relocations are the reason I have failed to enter a successful relationship (or at least I keep telling myself that that is the reason). Just because us international students are only here for only a short amount of time it does not necessarily mean that love is off limits.Rather than setting out for “just a bit of fun” as my European friends had done, she and her American partner decided early on that this was more serious – there was no denying this would be a relationship.But this type of relationship poses its risks too, because it will be even more devastating to split once the date of departure comes.S., but the lure of love definitely sweetened the deal of his return.When he was here on his exchange, he began a relationship with an American student.I have only been here since August 2012, but I have already seen several different ways that people handle their love affairs.It seems to me there are three types of relationships (besides the infamous ‘one night stand’) when studying abroad in the U. “It’s just a bit of fun.”I know several exchange students who have regularly hooked-up - with other exchange students and with Americans - with no strings attached, and it really was just a bit of fun for them all.