Is studying abroad a good idea?
Its been a while since I wrote an article on this website. My bad, I let myself get overwhelmed with various responsibilities, such as exams, paperwork due to my studies abroad, and last, but not least, laziness. While I plan on writing on each of those subjects, today the main topic is studying abroad through the Erasmus programme.
It seems cool, right? It seems like everyone and their dogs had studied abroad for a semester or a year. You are bombarded with photos on Instagram showing how they are having time of their life, swimming in the ocean in late October. You see #erasmuslife and #nevercomingback hashtags every damn day. So had I. Because of all this pressure, I would eventually pull the trigger, and applied for Erasmus study mobility on my home university.
Let me say, it was not an easy decision. You see, everything in life comes with a price tag on it. In this case, I had to pause my boxing training, leave my family and live by my own in a country where I don’t know anyone nor I can speak in their main language (and boy, Portuguese people HATE speaking English with passion. Mainly older people though).
Three months in Portugal
So here I am, sitting in my flat (not entirely mine, that would be insanely expensive) and writing this article for you. What to expect from this series?
Erasmus experience 0 – is studying abroad a good idea?
Erasmus experience 1 – before mobility
- things I had to go through
- possible (and actual) problems that might occur
Erasmus experience 2 – during the mobility
- good things
- bad things
Erasmus experience 3 – after the mobility
- summary of this adventure
Erasmus experience in Portugal
- a big article, essentially all Erasmus experiences in one.
This is my 2nd/3rd month abroad and while the experience is nothing like I expected, it really is kind of life-changing experience.
Keep tuned, more articles are to come!