I recently visited the principality of Monaco, which was an incredible experience! And it got me thinking that when you’re a student you’ve got incredible opportunities to travel and see the world – opportunities that you might not get once you’ve graduated. So I wanted to take this time to tell you about my trip and about how you can include travelling in your studies!
First of all, I’m going to show you some of the things I got to do/see in Monaco:
There are many beautiful and breathtaking sights in Monaco, and this is just one of them – the famous Monaco port. Many of the boats of the rich and/or famous are kept here and it’s astounding to see just how wealthy these people must be!!!
Monaco is also well-know for hosting an annual Formula 1 race, so if you’re a fan then it’s definitely a great place to visit! I spend around an hour walking the track and it was such an amazing and surreal experience – I’m only used to seeing it on TV. Monaco also has a great hop-on-hop-off sight seeing bus so you can stop at all the key F1 turns!
Here’s me and some friends enjoying the fine cuisine in Monaco… in McDonald’s! As you might know, Monaco is a pretty expensive place, so we opted for the very cheap – and very British – option. There are some great restaurants and bars with amazing views but you’d probably end up with at least a 3 figure bill at the end of the day!
So there’s a brief picture of what I got up to in Monaco! But the real point of this blog is to get you thinking about the travelling options that you have as a student.
You’ll probably know that a lot of the degree programmes at Leicester offer the option to convert to a 4 year course and study abroad for one year. Everyone I’ve spoken to who’s been on a year abroad has said how much of a life changing experience it has been! Unfortunately for financial reasons I can’t undertake a year abroad, but I would say if you can, do it – after all University is about throwing yourself into new things! Find about more by clicking here.
But if you don’t want to go for a whole year, the University also offers summer programmes abroad in places like Korea and China. This would still allow you to travel and see new places, while also enhancing your academic life, but in a shorter time span.
And if none of that appeals to you, make sure you use your summers wisely if possible. If you’ve got the funds, just travel. You will see and do things that you never dreamed – I never imaged I would be sitting at the side of the Monaco harbour drinking a cocktail in the sun!
Use your time wisely, you’re only a student once.