Time is flying so fast, summer is already here!
What are the takeaways of my exchange?
- First of all, I would say that I definitely improved my level of English. The Problem Based Learning (PBL) System is the best way to improve your English level quickly! The readings you have to prepare every week, the presentations you have to give and the participation during the class are all powerful tools to learn.
- Next to that, I also got to know myself better. I learned a lot about myself, about my way to be around people and with whom I wanted to be friends with.
- Also, Maastricht has definitely activated my passion for travelling! Not only in Europe but on others continents such as South America or Africa. I feel the need to discover the world!
- Finally, this exchange has triggered my curiosity about the world and the different cultures.
I loved the experience I had in Maastricht, the way of life, the architecture, the population, all these elements seduced me from the very start.
Do’s and Don’ts
What kind of attitudes and behaviours should you have or avoid when studying abroad?
- Be open-minded
- Go out of your comfort zone
- Try new things (activities, food…)
- Appreciate differences
- Travel around Europe
- Stick too much with people from your home country
- Judge based on the first impression
- Spend too much time in your room studying
Preparing the summer!
Summer is already here! It is therefore time to start thinking about what to do and especially where to go. The list of places to visit is way too long to be made in one summer. It is time to be realistic!
For those of you who wants to travel by train, I recommend you to look at the Interrail Global Pass. It allows you to travel everywhere in Europe for a limited period. If you are under than 25 years old, you could benefit considerable discount.
As you must know, Europe is the spot for festivals. Just the Netherlands and Belgium count tons of festivals.
Here is a non exhaustive list of festivals in the Netherlands:
- Awakenings – Amsterdam
- Summer Jam
- Flying Dutch
The followings are ones of the most famous festivals in Belgium:
- I love techno
Way back home…
Eventually my time in Maastricht is going to end and I will have to fly back home. Be aware of feeling a bit down during the first weeks. That is also part of the travel and it is called post-trip depression. The brutal contact with the old routine you had before leaving to Maastricht can be destabilizing. Even though you meet your friends and family, it is not easy to go back to your old life. You might have felt like being a different person abroad, so it could be hard to move on. Here are some few tips in order to reduce it!
- Become more active. When visiting a new country we usually want to see everything! It is commonly the opposite when it is about the city you live in. I know a lot of Parisian who never went on top of the Eiffel Tower.
- Start a new hobby. Ask yourself what have you always wanted to do but never had enough time or money to do it? The answer is probably a lot…
- Clean your house. It is probably a grandmother tips but cleaning your space of living can have a positive effect on your mood. If your mind is messy, clean your house, you will feel better afterwards.