The evening and night before I had a „Goodbye“-party with all my family and friends and the next day we started early in the morning to the airport. The first time that I flew alone with the plane, the first time that I went alone so far in the north and the first time that I will stay 5 months without all the people which I was sharing my life for 20 years now.
Luckily my finnish buddy picked me up at the airport and brought me to my new flat.
This day seemed to me like an eternity. But the time after was running so fast.
The first two days I felt like a tourist in Turku with the only difference that this place was supposed to be my home for the next months. My tutor was showing me around and she showed me the most important things: How does this bus system work? Which places I have to visit the next days, etc. which was really helpful.
The first days in university I got to know a lot of new people from all over Europe about whom I would say today that they got probably friends for life.
During this time we joined together a lot of parties and get togethers which definitely helped us to get to know each other better. It made things a way more easier that you knew that there are a lot of other exchange students which struggle with exactly the same issues than you do. The language barrier became smaller and after a while it wasn’t a problem at all anymore. Also about the cultural aspect you got to learn to be more tolerant about other opinions, attitudes and way of livings. And afterwards I would say it was a great chance in my life, I’m happy that I used the chance and I had a lot of possibilities to see my personality growing.
Text & photo: Hanna Beck