I thought for this post I would introduce some of my favourite Erasmus experiences over the last month. I still find it crazy how the time has flown by and that I’ve now been living in Finland for over a month and the two-month mark is fast approaching. I’m really starting to feel like I’m getting to know where I’m based and easing into my new way of life, so I thought I would give you an insight into the typical first month of Erasmus.
As as Journalism student I am always asked “So you want write for newspapers, right?” Well, yeah…it’s one of many possible occupations I could be interested in, but there is actually more to it than that. The world is open to you, to your creativity and your ideas.
Many journalism students may fancy writing, I’m more into video production and writing longer feature stories. I need to express myself and put little piece of myself into my work.
I feel that my course has helped me to realise what I want to do. Journalism has showed me the direction I want my life to move in. Every time I’m asked whether I enjoy my course, I always say yes and I really mean it. If that shy girl with a lack of confidence didn’t choose to study journalism one year ago, she wouldn’t be where she is now. She wouldn’t be required to step out of her comfort zone and talk to complete strangers. She wouldn’t have made amazing friends with the same interests and goals.
What I like about my course and probably the British education system as a whole is its more practical approach. I feel like we are expected to use our own initiative in our studies, work on different home projects and study at home as we only have lectures three times a week, which is great! My home country, Czech Republic, is completely different. Students go to uni in the morning and come back in the evening almost every day. They are given exams throughout the year and have big oral examinations from all subjects they study at the end of each semester. Another reason why I’m happy to be studying Journalism at RGU!
Aberdeen is a laid back town with super friendly folks, whisky and great food. There are chains of many good restaurants in the town. Though most of these restaurants are multicuisine, a couple of them are famous for signature dishes and distinctive taste. (more…)
I walked into the office of an educational consultant in Mumbai in June 2016, to enquire about the possibility of studying in Europe for my Master’s degree. I was not too hopeful, as at this point I had already appeared for the GRE and TOEFL, and had not met with much success while applying to universities in the US. (more…)
Ever since I have left my country, visits back have gradually decreased. There have been periods of 6 months of not seeing friends and family from home. But regardless of how long you need to wait till you go home, it will always feel like a stretch. Some periods of time are worse than others, however, after being in Scotland for over two years now, I’d like to share some things I do to avoid feeling as homesick. (more…)