Marta Izabela, from Opole (Poland).
Marta experienced Erasmus in Dijon. This is her story: "Would you like to know my story?
It seems to me that this is simply impossible to summarise my Erasmus adventure. There are too many experiences to describe.
Why I decided to go to France? I’ve always been attracted to foreign countries. One of my main goals was to improve my French. Erasmus was an excellent opportunity to increase my linguistic competence. Besides, I wanted to discover new places and meet new people.
When it comes to University, Dijon has a tutorial system, the French student gave me a tour of the campus and helped me with everyday life stuff. All cours were in French, so it was little difficult but at the same time it forced to study language constantly. The French rather not speak excellent English, so in this situation the only thing to do is to.... just learn French. ;)
But that's enough with University because the Erasmus it's people who are in the first place!
I met a lot of positive, open-minded people from all over the world. With my new friends we organized many international party and international meals where everyone would cook something typical from their countries. This way we could discover each other’s culture and cuisine. There was always someone ready to have fun, there was no time for boredom.
I have so many things to tell that I will not finish even in one hundred pages. It has been the best year of my life , full of experiences, discoveries, travels and encounters with people from other cultures. Plenty of opportunity to laugh and one sad moment with tears, the day when I had to leave.
I'm absolutely grateful for the opportunity to go to the Erasmus programme.
Erasmus have really changed my life, now I have a totally different way of thinking and of seeing life. For me, next step - back to France an finish my study. :) Currently I complete the formalities, keep your fingers crossed for me!
Nobody can explain to you what does an Erasmus exchange really means. If you have the opportunity to go on Erasmus, don’t think twice. If you never try, you will never know! Go for it, enjoy it, feel it and live it! And then you try to describe your Erasmus history. You will understand what do I mean. It's only people that have enjoyed this experience can understand me.
You have to live it!