When I travel back home and say that I live in Stockholm, I often get the question “but 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! These motivations 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.
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 homeland. This means that the language is the same and the habits too. This challenge, was for me, a way to go somewhere where I did not know anyone and didn’t have a clue about the culture…
I had the opportunity
It was, for sure, one of the main factors. I was finishing my Bachelor studies and didn’t have any proper or set plans on what to do next. Then, I happened to apply to Lund University for a Master’s program and this is how it all started. I believe, we all have something that gives us this extra push needed. The opportunity to study in Sweden happened to be the push!
I am now 22. And when I decided to move abroad, I did not need to convince anyone to follow me. I always thought that living abroad is easier while being young. In fact, moving when you are alone is rather easy, you don’t have to think about anyone else than yourself. So that’s exactly what I did and went to Sweden. It is true that it is not too far from home. But still, it is not home!
There is no similar experience
Living abroad doesn’t start from the day you move into your new apartment. It doesn’t even begin when 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, and I didn’t want to have my hopes too high. But after a few weeks, once the email arrived, it was a great surprise! From then on, the journey was on. Every day is a new experience, every day is different and pushes you to achieve more. I would have probably felt in a similar way back home but, while abroad, the rewards are even greater.
You can actually follow my journey abroad, month by month, just here!
I lived abroad before Sweden
Before moving to Sweden, I experienced living abroad previously as I was an exchange student in China. Since it was so far away and I couldn’t come home any time I wanted, it prepared me very well. Also, I had a chance to do all my internships in Milan, Italy, which also helped me to become stronger. After all that, I was more than ready for Sweden!
A thought-through 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. And then, more thoughts came from the moment I stepped on the plane and traveled towards my new life and home. It is a big project 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 bags and just hop on this adventure! So far, I don’t regret anything about it. Of course, there are things I would have done differently, but that also comes with experience and time spent abroad. If you doubt and are not sure of what to do next, maybe just take a one-way ticket to… Anywhere!
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