Baerista: Why Your Barista Is Your One True Bae While Studying Abroad
Coffee: the drug of choice for most students. Coffee beautiful and so is the barista that makes it. I mean think about it: they spend most of their day slaving behind a hot counter taking orders from and making drinks for tired/non-functioning students for a small wage and still find time to study, pass their exams and have a great time! Honestly, they are superheroes. They see you every day (often multiple times a day) and, whether hungover, exhausted, studying or just needing to relax, they’ve got you covered. Here is why your barista is really your one true bae when you go on a semester abroad!
Sugar-free friendship group
So, you’ve just arrived in a new country and you’re looking for a new group of friends? You could do a lot worse than your barista. On top of them being one of the most popular people on campus (seriously, just watch them, they know e-very-body!), the nature of their job kind of makes them friendliest people on campus. Worst case scenario? You find a great group of people to grab the occasional drink with, not to mention a tonne of new people to drive you around should you ever need it (ride to the airport anyone?).
When you go abroad you turn your entire life upside down: new friends, new food, new culture and possibly even a new language. All of this can become a little overwhelming, especially as you have to deal with classes and papers and trying to adapt to a completely new way of life. With a constantly changing schedule, it is often nice to have a little bit of continuity – to have a group of faces that you see every day for a nice chat and a little bit of normality in amongst the occasional chaos that can arise when studying abroad (especially if you use the coffee shop as a study-base)! In my first semester abroad it was often those little chats throughout the day with my barista (the coffee addiction is real) that kept me sane when everything else was becoming a little overwhelming.
I think it is fair to say that everybody enjoys free things and, while there are no guarantees in life (apart from your camera dying just as the perfect shot appears – not that we’re still going on about that or anything… that would be childish), being on good terms with your barista is a great start! While rare, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a free coffee, and you can never overestimate the power of a free caffeine hit on your day!
So, next time you get your morning cuppa, flash a smile, make a friend, take advantage of having a friendly face in a new place.