A couple months has passed since the beginning of the whole preparing process of my exchange year and although I still haven’t gotten a placement, I feel like a lot happened, a lot changed, so I wanted to give you an update on here.
In my previous post I wrote about the first ever meeting with my fellow future exchange students, how I immediately found amazing friends in them and how I can see myself possibly having lifelong friendships with many of them. Well, nothing about that changed. We’ve had another six picnics, I attended five of them and every one I enjoyed to the most, spent hours and hours talking with the other studens, getting to know each and every one of them as much as possible because those people are going to be a big part of the exchange experience. And they already are. The people that I’ve met through those picnics are very important to me. I made and am still making connections with people who are experiencing the same thing as I am, who are going through the same emotions as I am it’s much easier for us to understand each other and our feelings. I couldn’t be more grateful for having those who I know i can rely on and who will listen to me and empathize with me (not only) in terms of my upcoming exchange and every little thing that has something to do with it because they are/were/will be going through the same process, similar events and feelings. They know how I feel and I know how they feel, so we can be there for each other whenever needed which is something I admire the most about this whole thing. The fact that I’m not alone in it.
Yet I’m here to talk about quite a big event that recently took place – pre-departure meeting. Not only have we all met there but we also got to hear a good amount of very useful information, rules and tips on the exchange year, how to make the most of it, what to do and what not to do. I was at first a little nervous but once I sat down and calmed down, I realized how happy I am to have the chance to be there and how comfortable I feel around those people.
It also sort of hit me then that the exchange year I’ve been dreaming of for a while is actually pretty much around the corner. It’s not only a dream anymore, it’s really happening. It doesn’t feel so surreal now even though I still don’t have any idea where and with who I’ll end up. 🙂
It does feel more real than ever now, though. I can see my dream slowly coming true, I’ve been able to see the process behind it and yes, sometimes it might seem never-ending but the waiting part is almost coming to an end. I know that this dream of mine will come true and I can’t wait to live it.