Status: on exchange
Picture this: going aboard on exchange while being already abroad. That sounds either exciting or insane, or both- simultaneously. What if that sentence describes my life currently as well as all my faculty classmates’ lives?
I am an international student whose original bachelor is located in Groningen, yet made the decision to go on an exchange to Barcelona as part of her 3rd year; potentially completing this year with an internship in the same city or a different country. Believe me, it sounds crazier than it actually is. Think of it the following way: you get to choose a place out a list which probably has at least one country you’ve always wanted to visit. That place, is somewhere you could go to experience its typical students life, its weather and most importantly its culture which is sometimes so invisible or hard to study from afar; a place of your choice to become truly immersed. Fair enough, I make all this change sound easy peasy when it does require a lot of thought but also, a lot of projection. “Do you see yourself living in a place where the snow can reach up to 3 meters?” If the answer is no, then Canada might not be the right choice, however if your focus and priority is on experimenting a completely different culture from yours, then maybe Korea sounds like a good idea! If you’ve understood where I am going with this, I’ve made a good job writing this blog. If you really don’t, my point is that an academic exchange should be seen as a great opportunity to expand your cultural knowledge, challenge yourself and to grow in ways you couldn’t grow by staying in your comfort zone; all for the sake of taking of advantage of what this world has to offer and for meeting people who could teach you something priceless; be it through a book or through a personal experience.
Would you go on exchange and where?