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A Challenging Experience

Amsterdam, 23/03/18 -

A Challenging Experience: Amsterdrama/Amsterdreams

 

I'm about to finish my full year in Amsterdam and I feel sad about it. You shall want me to tell you the most difficult and the simplest stages of my journey.

Because things never, ever go according to plan, I experienced scary, funny and unexcepted moments. Although I found it really hard sometimes, I'm glad today with what I've been through. In a few months, I will come back to Paris as a grown woman who knows how to take care of herself. I wanted to grow up through this year of independence, and I did. Today, I know how to look for a place to live, I know how to handle unanticipated situation and to whom I can ask for help.

My personal feelings about this year are really positive. Living abroad may be the best experience of my short life. I learned about cultures, about people and about me. I created a new life around me, especially around the world. I meet wonderful people and I have thousand of memories. Today, I have friends all around the world, from Denmark to India. The multicultural aspect of my life today makes me understand different human behaviors. Furthermore, you can verify all the 'clichés' and stereotypes I had as a French girl.

I learned about myself, about my inner self, inside my needs and desires. Studying abroad helps you discover different ways to learn and like this, you can compare with what you are used to. It makes me realize what I really like and what I don't want. Professionally speaking, I don't think about becoming a journalist, but we never know, whatever happens happens.

I may not come back to Paris because I found a home in Amsterdam; but wherever I will be, my Amsterdam experience will help me dealing with situations in a more mature way and with fresh eyes. I can now understand people with another culture than mine and I can act in accordance.

My Erasmus year has been a really interesting experience, and now, I am looking for new adventures like this one or even better.

 

By Marion Caspar

 

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