Denislav Atanasov, from Sofia.
Denislav experienced Erasmus in Prague studying Civil Enginering. This is his story:
"Breaking the stereotype in my faculty.
I still remember the rumors in my faculty about having problems with the recognition of projects and exams, thus repeating an academic year because of Erasmus. When I started thinking seriously of doing an exchange I had all of my classmates who were trying to dissuade and just a few other friends who were convincing me to do it. Well, if you are reading this you could easily understand which choice I had done. Considering the recognition of exams, I would say that every problem has its solution, and without getting into details I'm just telling you that all of my projects, exams and credits were recognized successfully. I didn't have to repeat a year, therefore I proved all the rumors I had heard to be nothing but prejudices. If you want me to elaborate more on the solution of how one can avoid the problem with recognition I would be happy to explain you personally.
What happened during Erasmus.
An ordinary day.
I wake up and my Italian roommate is preparing the breakfast. Going to the university by the public transport mixed-up with the locals. I am listening to the lectures of a Czech professor among Lithuanian, Spanish, French, Finnish and Turkish classmates. I am spending the afternoon playing football with my English mates. Here’s the time for the famous Czech pivo – right after the derby. My Portuguese friends prepared a dinner and I’ve been invited – why not? Ooops assignment for tomorrow! At home, working with my German classmate on the project till it is time for the last public bus to the city center. Then – the night is still young!
Friends I used to have fun with are my future professional network.
When I checked with how many people I had connected in the social media during Erasmus I was amazed by the result - more than 300 hundred people from all over Europe just for one semester! With some of them I’ve already started collaboration on different ideas, projects and start-ups. Of course all of them are a reason to visit a new country for cheap anytime I want.
How I changed myself.
I managed to overcome the obstacles of living abroad during my exchange program. On one hand I opened my mind and raised a sense of cultural awareness and on the other, I improved my teamwork skills and learned how to manage in an international team. I act most of the time out of the box, compared to my friends who have never been abroad.
If you are still reading this and wondering whether to be or not to be Erasmus, keep in mind that exchange students are usually happier than the regular ones :)