Picture What it means to be Eramsus
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Alexandra Cojocaru

What it means to be Eramsus

Ever wonder what it actually means to be Erasmus? Everyone around you seems to be talking about the Erasmus+ Program? Or maybe you are curious about the great unknown and wish to go on an adventure? Bare with me, you might just get the answers you are looking for.

The time you spend on your Erasmus can be described in many different ways. But I will just put it in some simple words, the Erasmus experience is a time to discover yourself, other cultures, traditions, languages, cities, people, food, customs.

Although Erasmus is and will probably be one of the best times of your life, one must proceed with caution, as it may not always be an easy road. Many challenges may follow, from filling in the documents required by each institution, moving to a new country, understanding a new culture, and learn how to fit in. But I dare you to take my word and be brave, as it is one of the most rewarding experiences a young adult can go through.

You will learn that you are more though than you ever thought to be, you will get to see the world through different lenses, widen your horizons, make beautiful friendships with people all over the world, and master new skills.

"They say that Erasmus is not just a year in your life - but your life in one year."

Getting to live abroad, starting as a stranger, to slowly at the end of the 6 to 12 months of your mobility become a local, knowing all the best spots in town, be it for the best food, view or the most popular place to hang out.

Traveling and living abroad is great, but I think we missed out on one important detail, and that is a new educational environment: a new university, new professors, and subjects your university might not offer that you can now finally take. And let’s not forget your new colleagues, understanding and experiencing another educational system, which might be similar or completely different to what you are used to.

The whole experience will be a rollercoaster of emotions and adventures. By the end, when the moment you so deeply wanted to avoid arrives, your whole world will be completely different. You will have changed in ways unknown to you at the beginning, you will have a group of wonderful friends you cannot imagine living without and luggage full of memories and souvenirs to take back home.

The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly.” - Desiderius Erasmus

Panic, what should I pack?
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Alexandra Cojocaru

Panic, what should I pack?

Congrats! If you are the lucky one going on Erasmus+ mobility, through all the excitement going on for you, you must for sure have some concerns about your departure. We all know uncertainty can be scary, but there is also beauty in every new beginning. Now, to help you out a little, here are a few things that might help with your departure.


Do your research!

This is a very important point in case you are not too adventurous and don’t like to explore things first-hand. Research can help you plan your travels there and ease up the uncertainty.

For instance, how do you get from the airport to the accommodation, what’s the local currency, is there a time zone difference, maybe even try to get accustomed to the local language before, could be some of the topics to cover.

Lists, lists, lists


We all love a good list, so here are some suggestions of what you could do:
  • What should you pack in your suitcase?
  • Best places to eat in town?
  • Are there any tourist attractions you would like to see while you are there?
  • What about food, there sure is a lot of traditional food for you to try.
  • Any particular cultural aspects you would like to discover?
  • Where would you like to travel from your mobility destination?

Find your local ESN section

If you are reading this article, you might already know what ESN is/does. For those of you who don’t, let’s recap really quick: Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe.

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels, as well as providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalization at home”), all under the principle of students helping students.

They can help with accommodation, provide the opportunity to get a buddy (local student to show you around) and will be the people who will enrich your mobility experience through their support and organised events.

Aaaand, one last checklist of things you should grab with you:

 

  • Openness
  • Good vibes
  • Curiosity
  • Passport/ ID and money
  • All necessary documents for your mobility
  • Camera (you will definitely want to take lots of pictures)
  • your lists (remember, we talked about them earlier)

Feel free to continue customizing the checklist. Now, enough chit chat, your adventure is about to begin. Enjoy!

The world is yours to conquer.