Erasmus: an experience for the faint-hearted!

By Lyndsey Hall

Hey everyone! My name is Lyndsey, and I’m a Masters student here in UL, studying Comparative Literature and Cultural studies (it’s a mouthful!). I started this Masters immediately after my undergrad degree, which I also did in UL. So clearly, I love this university, but another major factor in my decision to stay in UL is my very real fear of change! So for this blog post, I’m going to write about my experience of Erasmus, from the point of view of someone who was absolutely terrified of leaving UL. If the idea of Erasmus is daunting for you, then hopefully I can alleviate some of your worries, because the truth is, Erasmus was one of the happiest times of my life and definitely on the best things I’ve ever done.

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Like I said, I was none too thrilled about the prospect of heading off to another university, let alone another country. For this reason, I chose to stay close to home when choosing my destination, so for that reason my top three choices comprised of universities in the UK. I ended up putting Leeds Beckett University as my first choice based on student reports from previous years, so I would definitely recommend taking a look at these when making your decision. Honestly, I was very nervous about going, even though I was heading off with a good friend of mine for company, and we would be linking up with two other girls from UL when we got there. However, pretty much the minute I arrived there I knew I was at home. Erasmus is an amazing opportunity to spend some time in a new and exciting city. It’s a chance to put your studies in the back seat for a little while (they are still important!) and just focus on life experience. College for me in Leeds were certainly not heavy duty, and I only had classes on Monday and Tuesday, so the rest of the week was spent travelling to nearby cities, taking in everything Leeds had to offer and just enjoying my new home. I truly did not want to leave when the semester was up; even some tears were shed! I felt like the three months had absolutely flown by. When I first arrived, I put up my calendar on the wall thinking I would be counting down the days until I got to go home, but in no time at all, I was watching the weeks slip away with mounting sadness!

However, coming back to UL for the next semester was amazing, and there was definitely a much happier feeling in the air, as my fellow students and I were totally refreshed and ready to continue our degree in UL having all had the time of our lives for the past 3 months.

So if you are a home bird who is a bit nervous about the prospect of Erasmus, I’m here to tell you not to worry and that you should believe everyone who tells you that Erasmus is one of the best opportunities UL has to offer, and you will count yourself lucky you had the chance to do it!

Good luck guys!

lyndsey-hall

My name is Lyndsey, and I’m a Masters student here in UL, studying Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (it’s a mouthful!). I started this Masters immediately after my undergrad degree, which I also did in UL. So clearly, I love this university!

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