When I travel back home and say that I live in Stockholm, Sweden, I often get the question “why”? So if you are also wondering “why did you decide to live abroad”, just keep on reading because you might find the reason(s) just below!
The following reasons are, of course, very personal and this whole living abroad experience has been possible as I knew I had (and still have) my family’s support.
1. It is a great challenge.
It was definitely the best way to get out of my comfort zone! You know, even if you study across the country, you are still living in your home country, which means that the language is the same and the habits too. It also meant, going somewhere where you know, no one, nothing about the language or the culture.
2. The opportunity was just here.
It was, for sure, one of the main factors. I was done with my Bachelor and didn’t really planned what would be next. Studying in Sweden happened to be an option that I just got!
3. I’m young!
And so, I have no one to convince to follow me. And yes, I always thought that living abroad is easier while being young, because you can move alone pretty easily, and so there is not a whole family to move with you. I left all by myself, and Sweden is not too far from home in a way, which I believe, helped my parents giving their consent.
4. There is no similar experience.
Living abroad doesn’t start from the day you move in your new apartment. It even start before you start packing your suitcase! For me it felt real when I got my admission letter from the university. Before this, and after applying nothing was sure, so I didn’t want to have all hopes high. But after a few weeks, once the email arrived, what a great surprise! From then the journey was on.
5. I have been living abroad before Sweden.
Before moving to Sweden, I studied away from home, and far enough so that I couldn’t come home for the weekend. I need to admit that it was a good training for living abroad, and so after this I decided to study in China for a semester.
6. I spent hours/days/weeks thinking about this project.
This is not something that I decided in one day. It took me a long time, hours, days and weeks from the time I sent my application to the university, to the moment I stepped on the plane. It is a big project in one’s life, but for sure, worth it!
6 (main) reasons might not seem to be a lot, but honestly, it’s been enough for me to pack my backpack and suitcase and just hop on this adventure! So far, I don’t regret anything about it, and of course, there are things I would have done differently, but that also comes with the experience and time being abroad. So if you doubt and are not sure of what to do next, maybe just take a one way ticket to somewhere!