You have to make a place in the host country, make friends and build a routine…
Most of the time I used google translation, but it was a blessing in disguise, because that pushes me to learn Spanish quickly.
Spain as we imagine it is good … but real Spain is even better. It’s been four months since I flew to the land of the Blazing sun, my dreams in my head and stars in my eyes. I remember the day of departure: when I got on the plane, I was not sad. I left, in Morocco, the people I loved … but I went to Spain to discover new people to love. Without lying to you, being an exchange student is not “easy”: it is very far from it. We must already adapt; then, you have to make a place in the host country, make friends, build a routine. In Madrid, being a foreigner can sometimes play tricks, not everyone speaks English, initially it was a challenge to communicate with locals (most of the time I used google translation) but it was a blessing in disguise, because that pushes me to learn Spanish quickly.
The assessment I make of this stay abroad is largely positive in view of the meetings I made, the places I visited and the satisfaction that I was able to remove from having to face a new system with its joys and sorrows that have been part of this new experience for me. The main difficulties that I encountered were in the search for housing and also adaptation to the Spanish system, but now these things are all behind me, now I found my feet. The evolution of my personal and professional projects is certain because over the months, I was able to refine the idea that was still raw concerning the orientation that I now give to my pursuit of studies.
Never lose faith in yourself…
I have only one message for future exchange students: whether you are heading to Spain, New Zealand, Sweden, Argentina or even the United States, you will surely have moments of doubt, of fear – simply because you will not be “at home” – but one day, your host country will become your “home” – not in the material sense, but in the emotional sense – and that day you will realize that all was worth it. And you will also realize that you are living the best of your life. Never lose faith in yourself. Arrived at a certain point of the exchange, and when you look back, you will realize that everything – positive and negative – has helped to make this exchange a magical and unique experience. I tell you “See you soon”, and as I was told when I went to Spain: “See you on the other side of the world! ”
If I had to go abroad again, I would try to prepare myself a little earlier than I did this time and so will not arrive with the slight delay I had.