Around this time in first year everyone was experiencing the freshers’ flu. But now that I’m in France doing my Erasmus, everyone here seems to have caught the homesickness bug (including me).
Before I arrived in Strasbourg, the International Office at Leicester gave a PowerPoint presentation for Erasmus students and told us that we would be experiencing both highs and lows during our year. And this week, everyone seems to be at a low.
For me I miss home, I miss London, I miss Leicester, I miss my family and my bedroom. I miss English. Every time I’m on the tram or in the city centre and I hear people speaking French, it makes me miss England even more. My brain craves English!!!! I get a sense of relief whenever I hear English speaking tourists. I miss freshers’ week (they don’t have freshers’ week in Strasbourg), and all the events and parties (the parties in Strasbourg are not all that great either). I miss the University of Leicester and how it operates and works and how organied it is.
It’s not only the things that I’m missing right now, but all the things I would have missed out on when I get back to England. When I get back, all my friends would have graduated (except for a few who are on Erasmus), that means I’m going to miss graduating with my friends (and taking the classic ‘midjump with graduation cap in the air’ photo with them).
I’m not the only one who feels this way, I’ve been speaking to other Erasmus students and they all seem to have caught the homesickness bug. The more intense the workload gets, the more we miss home.
I don’t regret doing Erasmus, I feel like overall this will be an amazing year, and a week of homesickness should not change that.
And my mum is coming on Thursday so at least I have something to look forward to.