Erasmus adventures in Jyväskylä, Finland

Pre-Erasmus (making THE decision)

Of course I´ve heard a lot about Erasmus before, but it somehow wasn´t possible for me to imagine, that I will go to live to another country for only one month, not even for the whole semester… I was afraid of new environment and living totally on my own there. Also I did not trust in my English speaking skills because of lack of practice.

But then it all started to change slowly. My small “home-Erasmus” started, when I got in touch with international students living their Erasmus experience on my university. In January 2014 I became a “buddy” in local ESN (Erasmus Student Network) section, which simply means that I helped arriving students to make probably the best time of their lives as smooth as possible. Suddenly I got into international environment full of great people (international and also Czech ones) and amazing experiences… and I´ve fallen in love with it! 🙂

With my friends from Mexico, Russia and Poland

With my friends from Mexico, Russia and Poland

Lunch with newly-arrived international students of my faculty during the Orientation Days

Lunch with newly-arrived international students of my faculty during the Orientation Days

Trip to Christmas Vienna

Trip to Christmas Vienna

Many of my new friends told me, how amazing Erasmus is. I remember one girl I´ve just met, who asked me if I have already been on Erasmus. Her reaction on my “no” was simple and quite intensive: “Go! Don´t think and just go!”. And she wasn´t the only one telling me this. And I knew that Erasmus is a great opportunity to try something different somewhere very far away and mainly get out of my comfort zone, which can push me forward in many ways.

With using English very often, I started to realize, that before I was mainly afraid of making mistakes, which paradoxically lead to much more mistakes 🙁 One of my fears was gone and after spending longer time out of home at dormitories, I started to imagine, how it could be on Erasmus.

And even though I didn´t realize it that time, this was the breaking point – to start to imagine how it could be…