For me, the whole university experience is kind of an Erasmus experience, considering the fact that I am Hungarian, studying in a British university. So starting my first year was a huge jump for me, out from my cosy and lovely comfort zone. It was very difficult for me, although I do not regret this choice that is for sure. Living in another country, studying in my university gave me a great opportunity to gain all the experiences that an exchange programme could give. From the first day in Bath, I had to face things in a daily basis that all made me more practical and taught me how to solve any problem as soon as possible without freaking out, giving up and running home back to Hungary. I had some difficult moments, I must say, but with the time it all became natural, now I love to live in Bath.
The next big fence to jump was our year abroad which I am doing now. After two years of being a student in Bath and getting used to that life, all of us had to find a job in two different countries, where we never lived before. I was in a lucky situation during my semester in Spain, I could find a job in a horse feed and nutrition company through my connections. So the adventure begun, on September I moved to Madrid. It was a big change from my university years, to enter the world of working people but that is one of the big advantages of our year abroad, to try different things so to have a clear picture by the time we graduate. So new country, new people, new job, new life again. This time I took this change easier, after a couple of days I did not feel that I am an alien in a different planet like I did when I moved to England.
The good thing about working in this company is that over these four months that I spent there, I could try different things, and something new always came up. In my opinion this is elemental on our way to become a professional and to have as much experiences as we can. This would be the goal of an Erasmus experience as I see it. The company organized a study about a horse disease in relation to horse feed over these months, so my timing was perfect. This gave me the opportunity to be part of organizing an international study. That means that we had to deal with loads of paperwork, to keep the participants (150 horses) and the results in an order so that it can be used and make it legit. I also tried myself a little bit in the marketing side of the company and I realized that I actually enjoy doing it. So that is definitely a path that I could follow after my graduation. I had an amazing and very useful time in Madrid. At the moment, I am an intern in garagErasmus (Pisa), until the end of June. New country, new people, new job, new life again. But it is getting easier each and every time I move to somewhere and this is one of the advantages that my Erasmus experience gave me. It is an opportunity that every student should try and it is up to us in what level we use it.