Last Friday I had my last exam here in Maastricht. After a really tough week, in which I had probably slept 10 hours overall, I was completely shattered and went straight to sleep. But now that I have partially “recovered”, the reality of me finishing my Erasmus really hit me!
It is hard to explain how I feel now. On one hand, this has been one of the hardest years of my life. The amount of coursework that I had to do, coupled with the fact that I was surrounded by people that spoke a different language, which I could not understand, coupled with all the other work that I did outside my university work, and the fact that I was away from my family, best friends and boyfriend – all these made it so hard for me and there were points when I just wanted to give it all up. On the other hand, the amazing people that I have met, the challenging classes which pushed me to be better and better, the excitement of travelling a lot and discovering a whole new culture, the attachment that I have developed for this green city and for cycling – all these are things that I will miss so so so much!!!
I am sad to leave this city, but at the same time I am leaving behind a year of really hard work. Next week I will be starting an internship in the Civil Service and I will be moving to London. <3 I am so incredibly excited about this and I hope it is going to be a great, great experience. I will still be posting about my experience in the Netherlands for a while, since there are a couple of other trips that I have done but had no time to write about (so my “Discover Holland” series continues :D) and there are some other things I feel I should write about, that those who are preparing for their year or semester abroad will hopefully find useful.
I will be back soon with all these, and meanwhile please feel free to let me know any topic that you would like me to write about. 🙂