Last year on my 21st birthday eve, I got an email saying I had been selected to be part of Erasmus+ and that was the best new of my life. Ever since then I was waiting for the day I will be leaving and making my way to Spain. On Feb 3rd I left my country and it took 2 days to reach,the first stopover was at south Korea (one day transit).
After all the official stuffs for university were done, I immediately left for Palencia City as my campus for forestry was based there.
The minute I stepped on Palencia, I loved the place, as I am someone who loved small towns and quiet life. My accommodation was perfect for me as it was just behind my university and near facilities like shopping mall and grocery stores. I had two flatmates from Vietnam and Kazakhstan, it was interesting to know about their culture and their ways.
Later, when the university started, I had as classmates 7 Erasmus along with some Spanish students for 5months. For me, it was first time meeting people from Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Columbia and Philippine. I also found a sisterly soulmate who was just like me and surprisingly, she was another version of me though we came from two different countries, spoke two different languages and had a different culture and background. If it wasn’t for her, I would had been very lonely in Palencia.
I am very grateful to Erasmus+ for giving me this opportunity to learn more about myself out of my boundaries and experience such unique and amazing Europe things that not so common in the pacific. After coming to Spain, I figured that I still have a lot to learn about myself and my life and the journey of new experiences should never stop.
I was amazed to visit such a beautiful church in Palencia and learn how they pray, is very unique and different from Christians in pacific. I am happy to learn something new and can’t wait to go back and share these experiences with my people back home.
I also found the simple things around Palencia very beautiful, I tried to capture some. I love the sunsets and the breeze in the summer, it reminds me of home.
In the university of Valladolid, Palencia Campus, the professors were nice and helpful. Since the language was a barrier, they had went out of their ways to explain things to us. I would say they did it good as first timers to teach Erasmus students, as in Palencia everything is in Spanish.
It was an amazing experience and it was challenging to learn in a different university, with different work ethics and different teaching tactics. I had my share of ups and downs but I did overcome as it was just 5months of experience which would stay forever in my heart. I wound say that everything was perfect from the time I arrived but there were emotional breakdowns , gloomy days and difficulties to work with some students but I made sure these things don’t ruin my lifetime memory and experience which I would look back to. I believe this will be a string credibility for my CV and later to my work field as I have a different perspective while working with international students .
I am grateful and forever in debt to Erasmus+ for organizing this scholarship for us, developing countries. I am 100% sure that when I start working, I would come back to Spain with my family and visit these places in Spain I had been and also the ones I couldn’t .
I would definitely recommend it for those who are independent, love challenge, love to learn new things and love socializing. They should apply for this scholarship and have this experience of a lifetime.