Erasmus tips and options for newbies
Erasmus tips and options for newbies
Today I want to get you on board with some Erasmus tips and options. But first….Hola everyone! As I can see I am having an overwhelming number of readers. I want to thank you and to deliver useful and entertaining stories in here. Remember that this whole website is an initiative to help YOU!
Therefore, with the help of “old, experienced students”, we are trying to help the future ones. (Thanks to all of those sharing their stories as well!
Anyways, today I will make it short and simple. As usual, you will have a short story and a valuable lesson for your Erasmus experience. With this being said, let’s “get on board”.
Valuable Erasmus tips for "future" students
1.GET INFORMED! I know you will search for the place you want to go to and this seems like something you would have already done. But read again, what I am saying and do it properly! When I say “get informed” I mean about every aspect.
Allow me to explain a bit. For example, in Denmark, some laws help you with money. You have the opportunity to get a part-time job during your studies. If you have a certain number of working hours, you will receive (apart from your salary) an amount of money that you don’t have to return. I found out very late in my journey about this.
2. Blablacar (blablacar.com) – I mentioned this one previously in this article. However, I feel like it is important to emphasize the importance of it. Especially if you go to larger cities where you will need to travel from point A to point B often. Or maybe you simply want to go on a trip and don’t have that much money. This is something that will cut your transportation expenses.
3. Couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com) – Many of you will want to travel. Some of you won’t have the possibility to spend hundreds of euros on accommodation. Therefore, if you are sociable and open-minded, this platform can save you some money, while enjoying your next trip. Many people welcome guests on Couchsurfing for free. You can see reviews and everything to make sure everything will be OK there. I went with a friend on a trip to Portugal, from Spain. I had the luck during my experience with them to arrive in an amazing home of an airplane dispatcher. He was crazy and fun, made breakfast for us, and took us out. How much money did we spend on accommodation? None!!
4. Be openminded! Get to know people that you might believe you have nothing in common with. You might find amazing people and form lifetime friendships if you don’t use your judgemental side.
5. Get involved in any projects you find outside of the university. This might help you a lot later on when you create your CV. It can tell a lot about you.
6. Enjoy the experience to the fullest but also don’t forget about studies. You will see later on the importance it had to create a good balance between those two. I know you will be tempted to enjoy the fun part more but don’t lose focus on your future career.
Feeling anxious about the Erasmus experience?
Some of you might want to join Erasmus but fell a lot of uncertainty or fear of leaving. This is totally normal. I felt that way before I left. There were many “what if?” in my head. Some of them even came true, but those situations are the ones who grow a kickass adult.
Either way, there are some ways to get a bit more certain if you are ready for a full semester or not. Have you heard of Erasmus+? There are NGOs offering training and youth exchanges (13+ years old) which last one or two weeks addressing a specific topic. They gather around 25 to 40 youngsters in a specific country. If you are not sure what I mean, guess what?! I have a short story for you…
Erasmus + Story of the graffiti graphic
When I was young (about 17 years old), I enrolled myself in this kind of training. I didn’t even know what Erasmus meant back then.
Our topic was “Street art” and the destination was Madrid. Therefore, we were about 35 Romanian students who went to a Campus from Madrid. Every day we were meant to have different activities together with the Spanish students from that campus. We were most often having mixed teams and competing for crazy things. In one of the days, we went to a park that was quite famous for its graffiti drawings. The organizers offered all the necessary tools to start drawing and competing with each other. The drawings were directly on huge walls from the park, so imagine how amazing that felt for us. Apart from being motivated by the competition, we were also super excited about leaving our fingerprints in Spain.
I think during that experience it was also the first time when I tried “a lot more alcohol” than I was supposed to. Every night we were gathering together with the Spanish students and learning all kinds of things one from another. I remember we were traveling and dancing in the metro. Playing all sorts of games and sharing all kinds of stories. We were shocked about how different their culture was from ours. That was the time when I realized that I loved to learn more and do things differently than home. I loved that experience and wanted more of it. This is how I chose to go and study in a different country.
Conclusions from Erasmus tips and options
With this being said, if you are uncertain whether you like it or not, you can try to find out. See it as a trial. Of course, there are many unexpected situations when you go alone for 6 months, then when you are going on an organized trip. Either way, it will make you understand some things about yourself. Apart from that, it might help you decide whether this is something you would go for or not.
By the way, there are plenty of NGO’s everywhere offering this Erasmus + program. Here is the one, where I found nice people to explain to me more about this program. They are always ready to “get you on board” Check their profile from the bottom @getonboard.
The lesson for today: Information is key and you have it at your feet! Search on Google, ask people, read stories, and be ready to “get on board”!!!
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