Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.
I found a place where I belong.
Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.
I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.
I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult. It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.
And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.
Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉
Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!