Why you should do a semester abroad!

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Now that my stay in France is over and I am back in Greece (with mixed feelings), I can assure you that I would start my Erasmus all over again in a heartbeat. I had such a great time here and I still am! So it felt natural, almost obligatory, to tell you why you should do it too.

  1. You get to travel. Erasmus is the best way to start travelling, if you haven’t already. You get to live in a new country, so you are almost forced to get to know it. Even if it’s a day trip or a week in a new city or another country, it’s very likely that you will be able to spent some time on the road, since you’re not going to have that much on your schedule on the weekends.
  2. You learn the language. Ok, the language might be a bit of a tough one at first. For me it was difficult because everyone in France speaks incredibly fast. At first, it was hard to have a conversation with my french friends. But when you get used to it, it’ll be hard to stop talking.
  3. You learn a different educational system. You fail and you succeed and you learn a great deal of things, if you want to. It might not be easy at first, but it’s awesome feeling that you can actually understand a theory or a new concept in another language.
  4. You eat a lot of food. A lot of good food. The key is: you get a bunch of friends and you cook together whatever is the traditional plate of their country. You can splurge from time to time and go to a restaurant if you want, since you aren’t likely to return in the next to months (it sounds like a great excuse to me!).
  5. You make friends. Erasmus is the best way to meet a lot of people. When you’re new in a city you get out of your comfort zone and make an effort to get to know knew people. And when you find those people, you’re going to become a family. Trust me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
  6. From moving in a foreing country all alone, handling loads of paperwork, keeping up with all the bills and studying in a different language you will grow a think skin. You become more self-reliant and strong. Just try not to get sick. Been there, done that.
  7. You live like every day is your last – kind of. It’s more likely that you’ll become more adventurous, more chill and easy-going (not saying that you aren’t already, you’re just going to make progress). A lot of the things that might have been a deal breaker before, aren’t that much important because you’re leaving soon. You see a less fussy version of yourself.
  8. If all the above failed to convince you already, just hear that you’ll get to know yourself a little bit better. You’ll feel more comfortable in your own skin and in your actions. (Just don’t get too crazy. It’s not fun and it’s not worth it.) Erasmus was for me an unforgetable life experience and will forever stay in my heart as one of the best times in my life.

If you’re still thinking about it,

don’t think! Just go for it!

Till the next time (hopefully soon).

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