I’ve done like two (?) posts about my studying abroad before. And I thought it was high time to do another one. Especially since I now officially finished my first year! YAY! I think this post is mainly for myself, just to think about everything that I’ve done and learned this past year.
Going to study abroad was one of the scariest decisions I ever made, but honestly I think it is also one of the best! I’m so grateful for this last year, I’ve learnt so much, and I think it has been one of my happiest years! That sounds cheesy haha!
Things I got out of this last year:
- Lots of new people I will now consider friends!
- Most (basically all) of these people are also from other countries, which means I learned about different cultures, and that is so interesting to me. And I’m grateful for this, since it makes you understand people better.
- I learned to be more independent! Moving to a new country kinda forces you to do things yourself. There are somethings you need to do when you move somewhere, like registering yourself, and there is basically no one you can ask how to do it since they don’t know. So it forces you to talk to people you don’t know and ask.
- Which leads me to the next thing, I learned to ask (for help) when I don’t know something.
- Of course I explored this new country! Honestly Estonia is a beautiful country, definitely recommend a visit.
- Since I was already in the Baltic states I also went and visit Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania), so I can now say I visited all the Baltic states. Of the three capitals I think I like Vilnius the best (in case you want to visit just one!).
- Not really relevant to moving abroad, but I had the opportunity to go to China and it was honestly the best. I’m so happy I finally had a chance to visit a country in Asia! And now I’m even more intrigued to visit more!
- And I think the most important thing I learned this year, is to be proud of myself! I think it is a good thing to be able to say to myself that I’ve done good and that I’m proud.
I would 100% recommend going abroad, it is one of the best experiences in my life so far!
So what now?
I’m doing a two year master program, so I’m now finished with my first year. In the program that I’m doing, the first year is in Estonia and the second year will be in Sweden, Finland or France depending on the track you want to take. So I’m doing my second year in Sweden, Uppsala, which means I need to move to a new country again!
But I think this time I’m wayyyy less anxious, since now I’m more familiar with the process. And of course this time I know some people already, since more of my classmates or going there!
BUT first I’m going to enjoy my summer break! Which started 1,5 week ago! And will finish somewhere at the end of August!