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educational years that you will experience, during this time you will encounter a mixture of emotions, but don't worry it's completely normal!
We highly recommend taking an Erasmus year, it's a great way of experiencing a new culture, a new way of working and developing your existing skill sets. During your Erasmus year, you will learn some essential life skills and meet some lifelong friends.
Stress is definitely one of the first Erasmus Emotions that you will experience. Sorting out your Erasmus year can be a stressful process, especially if you are struggling to find something, you may feel as though everyone else has and start to panic! Try not to stress, just like finding a job - the more effort and preparation you put in, the better your chance of finding your dream Erasmus placement. Sometimes this stress can be avoided by looking far in advance for a placement.
Finally, it's starting to feel real, you ́ve been accepted and you will soon be on your way to your Erasmus year abroad, how exciting! The excitement starts to take over your Erasmus emotions. Time for the preparation - packing, searching for apartments or rooms, doing your research on your new destination, preparing paperwork and essentials and most importantly, arranging your farewell drinks.
Apart from University, this might be the only time you have moved away from home and yes, it's normal to feel nervous about it. At first, things might seem a little daunting, especially if you don't ́t know a lot of the language or you haven't made any friends yet. But don't be disheartened, this is a normal stage of Erasmus emotion. There are so many people who are in the same boat as you and before you know it, you ́ll be settling in, picking up different bits of culture as you go along!
Thank god your nervous spell is over! You have made friends, tried out some new food and activities and finally, you are starting to find your way around. Friends are always texting you asking how life is and you feel incredibly busy. One of the most exciting things is meeting new people from all over the world and feeling at home in this completely different country, you´ve definitely reached a high in your Erasmus emotions! You almost feel as though you are living the dream (and you are!).
Now it's time for the realisation period, the part when you realise you need to get ready for some actual work. Your ´honeymoon period ́is over and you need to prepare for your Erasmus year ahead. You may see your friends together on social media, people from University moving back, ready to start the new term and families celebrating birthdays etc together. Well, it's normal to start to feel homesick when you see these things and some of us can feel more homesick than others - but don't let this ruin your Erasmus year.
You can feel yourself progressing in many ways. You are more independent, more confident, adapting well to your new lifestyle and work-wise, you are excelling! Perfect, now is the time to take a look at everything around you and feel particularly happy and proud of yourself for the life you are living! You have made some good friends and most importantly, you feel as though you have made the perfect decision choosing to do an Erasmus year. You have officially reached the peak of your Erasmus Emotions, go you!
Time flies, especially when you are having fun. You have probably never felt so busy in your life and unfortunately, you feel as though the months are flying by! Well, it's time to cherish your Erasmus year and make the most of every remaining moment. You are starting to experience feelings of panic at this stage in your Erasmus emotion timeline. Remember, you have made friends for life, not just for Erasmus and worked so hard, you know your future will benefit from this - so, think of the positives! Keep doing a good job and you may even end up coming back to the same place!
Well, it's all over in what felt like 2 weeks. You experienced every Erasmus emotion under the sun during your time and you only dread to think about going back to your life before. We think that this stage is the one you need to prepare for the most. Reflect on the year you just had, be fortunate for the experiences and the things you have learnt from your Erasmus, these will benefit you for the rest of your life! Don´t worry, you will stay in touch with the friends you make and you may even visit that place again soon - all is not lost!
As you can see, Erasmus can make us experience a mix of emotions, a combination of ups and downs. Don´t be afraid or put off by this, it´s only making you MORE prepared for later life. By the end of your Erasmus year, you'll feel as though you have matured so much, through the independence (and partying!). You should be proud of what you have achieved, Erasmus is a life-changing chapter and is incredibly beneficial for your future career. Thinking of doing an Erasmus year? Read some top tips over at Europe Language Cafe.
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