I feel like I start so many personal diary style posts with “if you follow me on social media you’ll know that…”, and I’m going to do it again now. I guess that’s the fault of social media and particularly the social part of it. Instagram is simply a little slice of the musings of my life, you’re welcome to join my little community here.
So, if you follow me on social media you’ll know that tomorrow I’m moving to ENGLAND! I have been going to meetings, information lectures, looking through websites, sending e-mails, filling out forms, writing my signature, doing tests, making some tough decisions, contacting people – the list goes on – since October 2017. At the time of writing it’s the 13th of September of 2018 and tomorrow this thing that I have been prepping for for almost a year, will have finally arrived!
I’ll give you a little overview of how I’ve chosen England instead of any other country.
Almost at the beginning of the previous academic year I went to an information meeting where they talked to us about the possibility of studying abroad the following year aka this year, now. Ever since I started studying I had my mind set on studying abroad for a little while, and initially I wanted to go to America or Australia.
I started researching all the universities in North America (the continent, not the country), Australia and New Zealand, plus whatever other country I thought I would like.
Research takes days. Days to look into all the universities, if it’s where you would want to go, if the specific place is nice, if the people are okay, and most important for me, if the subjects were something I wanted to do. All this which was made about a 1000 times harder because most people do not know how to make a proper website, so finding my way around most of the universities’ websites was hell on earth.
The problem with me is that I don’t study something generic like biology or maths (not that it’s generic it’s just something that almost all universities will offer). I study media. First off, not all universities teach any media related subject. Secondly, if they do, often it wasn’t any different to what I was already studying, and usually it was just the basics which obviously I already know.
So after looking through every possible option, I ended up with a university in Toronto. It had amazing subjects, things to do with media but definitely things I hadn’t done before. But when I started reading the previous exchanges’ students reports on how they liked it, they were almost all negative. It was cold, the university was 40 minutes away from the city with not much to do there, etc etc. Basically, the classes might have been nice but the social life, not so much.
So because I didn’t want to risk it all on those classes – because it was never sure I could actually take them and how fun they would be anyway (on paper is very different than irl) – I decided to drop that and start the search again.
I was at a bit of a loss because I had looked at all the countries I’d originally wanted. And then I suddenly thought, why not England? So I researched all the universities in England (that are connected with my university) and quickly came upon the University of Hull. They have pretty extensive media schooling with subjects I have never had but which are very interesting.
So I made a list of subjects, filled out the necessary paperwork, met with the teacher I had to meet with and signed up online.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The funny thing is that when I called my mum to say that I had been accepted she told me that she had also studied in Hull as an exchange student! She was one of the firsts who were able to go to an exchange, and she didn’t have as much choice as I did, it was just Hull but she enjoyed it a lot. So it’s quite the coincidence that I now choose exactly the same university, albeit a slightly different faculty.
During my time in England I have decided to keep a sort of diary on my blog, I think I might do it monthly but I haven’t quite decided yet. Simply a way for me to talk a bit about what I’ve been up to, more for personal reminiscing than for anything else but I hope you like it too anyway! I always love reading diary style posts.
For the last couple of days I have been busy packing my bags, getting some last few bits and tonight is my last family dinner before I vacate the premises.
I would love to hear about your experiences as an exchange student if you’ve ever studied abroad! Also, I would love to meet up with some fellow bloggers living in or around Hull (or anywhere else in the country really, I’m definitely going to be traveling around!) I wrote a UK travel bucket list a couple of weeks ago, feel free to leave me any suggestions of where to go there too! (or tell me where you live so I can come visit!)
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