Good things come to those who wait. But good things never last, and all good things come to an end. Good things probably do other stuff too. Point is that this is the time of year when Erasmus is starting to end. Some people leave a bit earlier, some people leave a bit later, but good things generally start their ending in July.
The year abroad may be over, but Erasmus has a few more tasks to be completed. The paperwork which had been present at the beginning of the year returns, although it’s really not so bad. A departure form here, a course evaluation there. Erasmus students at Leicester are expected to write up a little on their experiences, and offer their help to the students planning to go in the following year. This is a pleasure, really, as pretty much all Erasmus students will be eager to advise others to follow in their footsteps. I certainly would say to people who are mulling it over to stop mulling and start signing things.
The remaining 20% of the projected Erasmus grant comes after the year is over, so you can’t rely on it for your final two months. For us in Turin, the last post-exam weeks have been the last chance to take advantage of the foods we’ve grown to love: gelato, focaccia, pizza, coffee. Oh, and see off friends. And worry about the effects of Post-Erasmus Syndrome. That’ll be the topic of an upcoming blog, I assure you. Look forward to it! Better to have loved and lost, eh? Besides, it’ll be balanced out by another blog celebrating the things we take for granted in the UK — the things I’m most looking forward to returning to.
And then there’ll be some blogs about going to Korea. Not sure what the moral is there. Ci vediamo!