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Welcome Home: My integration in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 23/03/18 -

Welcome Home: My integration in Amsterdam

 

My integration in Amsterdam has been the most difficult part of my Erasmus journey. To be well integrated in a city, you need to be settled, start your lectures in peace, find new friends and discover the life around you.

The funniest things in my 'Amsterdrama' adventure is that I almost left Amsterdam to come back to Paris. First of all, I had some troubles as a candidate with the selection process at my University in Paris. I was not good enough, my english was pretty poor and I couldn't express myself correctly: not the best skill for an international journalist student. But I did it, I passed an english exam (TOEIC), and with some help I manage to integrate the university in Amsterdam: Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

During a few months before my final departure, I dreamt about Amsterdam and my new life there. I looked for an apartment, a studio, a place where I will live. The major problem in Amsterdam for students, and especially international students is the accomodation. Amsterdam has really good universities and people from all around the world are coming  to benefit from this education.

I started my minor International Journalism in Amsterdam, living between two different hostels in the center of Amsterdam and in Bijlmer. I was in a room with ten people, and I can tell you that  it's not the best way to begin a new life. It was an adventure. Without a proper accomodation, I almost came back to Paris, until I found a place thanks to several website and Facebook groups.

This place I found was the worst idea I've ever had in my life. Maybe bad luck, maybe wrong judgment, I choose this place because I did not have any other choices. It was this place or Paris, and I couldn't back home knowing that I was leaving my 'Amsterdream'.

 

After bad surprises, the international coordinator in Paris and in Amsterdam, both help me finding a place where I can live. Since October, thanks to them, I've been living with 17 crazy people in a dormitory, near the center.

With my flatmates, my integration was easy. They helped me to understand how The Netherlands are working and what should I do to be well settled in the city.

Futhermore, I found a student job in Amsterdam. For me, it's another way to discover the city and to extend my knowledge and my private circle. I'm working in a waffle shop, Sweetella, in one of the most tourist streets near Centraal Station (Train station of Amsterdam). My colleagues, whom are in Amsterdam for more than one  year, give me a piece of advice everyday also to enjoy as much as possible my year between school, work, and fun.

 

I can say today that Amsterdam is my home. I went through expériences which made me understand how things are working here and how it's different from Paris. Now, I do love Amsterdam so much and I feel so well integrate that I don't want to leave this place.

Dear International student from Paris, you may will find me here next year.

MundiVox

MundiVox

Les blogs des étudiants internationaux. Etrangers, à Paris, ou Parisiens, à l'étranger.

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