Today I’m going to talk about my experience as a student abroad. I’m going to start by telling you why I actually decided to go abroad to study. There were numerous factors as to why I wanted to go to my study destination;
- Portugal. One is the language, I have a double nationality and am half Portuguese so I thought it would make sense to choose a country that I could actually speak the language of. Another one was the option of studies; I couldn’t find a college in the Netherlands that I really attracted to or the studies that I would enjoy.
- Another thing for me was costs. Universities and colleges in the Netherlands can be very expensive and in Portugal education is a lot cheaper. A huge plus is that I could live with my grandparents while studying here so that would break down the costs as well.
- The future. I never saw myself study (and eventually live there) in the Netherlands, it’s something I started thinking about in my last 2 years of high school. I started thinking about what I wanted to do and studying abroad seemed like a fun thing for me, I love travelling and I wanted to do something adventurous after high school, so I thought ‘why the heck not’. I knew I was going to do something with languages, it’s something I’m passionate about and I really enjoy learning languages. I started to do research on the same university my mom went to and I liked the idea of continuing a legacy of course, but most importantly doing something that I wanted to do and I would feel comfortable with because somebody in my environment already had the same experience.
After 2 years and mountains of paperwork, I got the results of my enrollment on the 9th of September, and: I got accepted!!! I couldn’t believe that I actually got accepted into my dream unit as well as my 1st option for the course: modern languages (English and French). My first weeks of unit so far have been really exciting, it’s a whole other experience and I really like it a lot, in high school I always felt pressured to do subjects that I didn’t like because ‘’it had good opportunities if one thing didn’t work out’’ but now I’m surrounded by things that I enjoy and subjects that I find interesting as well as people who share the same interests. I have good friends and I and I’m starting to perfect the language better every day! I have also become more accustomed to the way people live here, I feel like it’s less stressful than the Netherlands. I like the environment better, the fact that the weather is good (though I do miss sweater weather) and the way of life is more relaxed (food is also a huge +).
So yeah, so far I’m really enjoying and I do really miss my friends back in the Netherlands and some of my family. But I don’t regret anything at all. I do plan on visiting my friends soon, so that will fix my ‘’I miss my friends’’ thoughts and for now I’m just going to focus on my study and countdown to my next visit back the lower lands.
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post, and I hope you guys are having a good weekend, and I’ll write to you in the next post 🙂