So as I am sitting here writing this I can’t believe that tomorrow is Monday again and will the beginning of my second week in university over here. It’s crazy to think that I have been in France for 3 weeks already and have finished a week in university. I think now that I have settled in a little bit I can really reflect on the Erasmus process and the things that I have learned. One thing that I can say for sure is the when your coming on Erasmus there is a lot of paper work involved in the process from before you leave to when you arrived in your host university and I’m sure it will still be going on when I come home next summer. The paper work is crazy and a little annoying but I suppose if we want to get grants for Erasmus and our year to go smoothly then we must deal with it.
Another thing I have noticed is that university in France is not that organised, well maybe that is harsh but they are very laid back . I am a super organised person who likes to know when things are happening well in advance so when we didn’t know if we could find out our time-tables until the Monday of start of college to say I was a little panicked is an understatement. It did all work out in the end and my mini heart attack only lasted a minute. I have learned that you just have to try and adapt to these new surrounding and go with the flow at times. It has been a bit nerve wrecking attending lectures in a completely foreign language and trying to simultaneously take notes while making sure you understand what’s happening but I suppose with time that will get better , it has only been a week after all (that’s what I keep telling myself anyway). Going up to lecturers at the end of lectures and introducing yourself as an Erasmus student has been a little nerve wrecking and pushed me out of my comfort zone but they have all been lovely and extremely accommodating and helpful. In many of the lectures I am attending I don’t know anyone which has also been a little intimidating but hopefully I will make some nice French friends soon…
The above many seem very negative but really over all I am enjoying myself immensely here. I have made some amazing friends who I know will still be my friends long after this year is over. I am able to spread my wings so to speak and live by myself discovering a whole new country and city . I feel that I have really matured and grown up in the short time I have been here as it has been up to me to get things done. I think this year is going to really stand to me and help me grown into myself , this sounds weird I know but I think this time will help me to become more me if that makes sense. I think I will become more confident and at home in myself and my own skin. Over all I having a feeling that this year will be one of the best in my life, so many people told me that before I came over here but now I think I am really beginning to believe them.
‘Don’t be afraid of change, because it is leading you to a new beginning’-Joyce Meyer
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Hi Emma, yes you will have to adapt to the French way of life, nice and easy and slow. Enjoy. Great Blog.
Thanks Caroline ,I am finding it easier to adapt now, just have to slow down and enjoy life.
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