15th January will be the day!
The day I finally move to the UK and for as long as I’ve known, I’ve wanted to live there because it’d my happy place even though I was born and bred in the Netherlands.
After a few failed tries, I noticed what I should be studying; English language and culture. And of course, I couldn’t NOT do a semester abroad!
I chose Leicester because it’s in the middle of the UK, meaning I can do some exploring of other areas in the UK during my stay. I have never been to Leicester so I’m super excited to see what it’s like!
I looked up Leicester on the internet and the main thing that comes up is the football club, and typing ‘city’ in your search bar won’t help that...
I’ve been to London far too many times, and I’ve visited Brighton, Hastings, Canterbury, Battle, and Alnwick - which isn’t much.
I’m so excited for my amazing adventure in Leicester but of course, I’m also quite nervous. I have never lived abroad, I will be going away from my friends and family and even though I like the Britain so much, there is a possibility of a culture shock.
I think anyone of you who studies abroad will have experienced the same, right?
Besides leaving my friends and family behind, there’s always that anxious feeling that I won’t be able to make friends. I’ve always been quite sociable and I’ve never really had problems with meeting new people, but that’s something I’ll always be afraid of. It’s probably something we all feel sometimes!
I’m planning on going to as many social events as possible in the beginning, even if I don’t feel up to it. A lot of people are new at that time, and they’d probably want to meet new people as much as I do. This way, I’ll have the most chance of making new friends!
As for the culture shock; I hope it won’t be too bad. But there’s always the trick of Skyping with friends from home (or having them come visit for a few days), cooking something from home or just going back for a weekend. And otherwise going out and socialising or exercising will be a good way to feel better.