So here goes my last post, as my time as a Study Abroad blogger has reached its end. It’s time to pack away the binoculars and step down from my viewing platform, where for the past several months I’ve been sharing some of the fantastic opportunities that come with embarking on a study abroad year.
This week my sister visited me in Heidelberg for the final time, and I was able to tick off a few more things on my Heidelberg bucket list, like visiting the zoo and botanical gardens. Saying goodbye to her today highlighted just how little time I have left in Germany. I will be leaving in under two weeks!
Last week, I visited Mannheim National Theater with a friend, and this time saw a fantastic production of the renowned French Opera, Carmen. It had been recommended to me several times, and with its decadence, famous melodies and high drama it was a great way to round off my cultural adventures in Heidelberg.
One of the things I will definitely miss about the city is how easy it is to take part in its culture. The University sprawls throughout the Old Town, which means that you’re constantly bumping into friends and familiar faces. Whether it be meeting with friends in the afternoon for coffee, going for beer in the evening or even catching a cut price theater show on the weekend, falling into the rhythm and pace of life in Heidelberg is relatively easy.
My self-assurance has definitely increased as a result of studying abroad. Managing the intensive workload, developing team work skills in seminars and building up a social network, via learning German and taking part in local life, although challenging at times, has given me greater self-reliance.
Before entering my final year at Leicester in September, I will be spending the summer catching up with family and friends, and of course finishing papers. 😉 I’ve also been able to acquire work experience at a national newspaper, which will help me to map out my career path post-University, and give me a greater insight to the highly competitive journalism industry.
If you would like to find out more about studying abroad, don’t hesitate to contact the University Study Abroad team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading! Ciao!