The first thing that people would say when I told them I was going on exchange was –
“Man I totally wish I had done an exchange!”
Followed by –
“You’re going by yourself?!”
These two sentences adequately sum up my exchange experience so far, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do knowing I would regret it if I didn’t, but also something that I knew would stretch my character.
For me, life during university is one of the best times to explore. Not only do you have no ‘real’ responsibility but also your sole purpose is to learn. Doing this in another country is just icing on top.
So far being a student in Denmark is completely different to working or being a tourist; I’ve been able to experience the opportunities that Denmark has to offer and have the time and freedom to do so.
It’s been extremely interesting to see how another culture thrives and new methods of learning. Not to mention a new language. Although Denmark isn’t exactly a culture shock, it does take some getting use to.
What I’ve appreciated most about being on exchange thus far is that for a period of time, I can immerse myself in a completely new environment. I’ve been able to meet new people, meet old friends, learn a new language, learn to bike ride (more often), be more streetwise, explore unknown and unfamiliar cities, see buildings that I’ve only studied, experience proper snow, eat a French croissant, understand what a real winter is like, pay $8 for a coffee, go to an Australian bar not in Australia and lastly – I’ve learned to fully appreciate what I have back home. Exposure makes you grow as a person and stepping outside of a country where you are constantly surrounded by family, friends and loved ones really makes you understand their importance in your life. It also opens your eyes to the endless possibilities of the world around us.
For a short time you’re immersed in something completely different-
Like having your head in a fishbowl for 6 months.
Long story short, it’s been pretty sick!
Megan 11403627 Masters of Architecture – Arkitektskolen Aarhus