Of course the semester abroad included a lot of studying, but the best memories Anna brings with her home to Sweden are from the times spent not studying.
Before leaving Sweden Anna was aware that there would be a language-barrier since her Italian skills are “non-existent”. But she put her faith in the possibility to communicate in English.
“To my surprise, not many people know English, even people my age” she says.
Other than some language difficulties, Anne also found it challenging to live in a shared apartment – at times.
“Sharing a kitchen with 11 people, from nationalities all around the world, has been a little crowded sometimes. It requires some planning and a lot of patience, but it has also resulted in some good stories” she says.
Anna says “do it!” to anyone considering going abroad during their studies. Even though there’s some hurdles to jump through before departure it’s worth it, according to Anna.
She also has some other tips:
“Save money, so that you can enjoy your new city but also be able to travel around. Don’t worry! Some things might seem complicated, like choosing courses or finding a place to live, but things will work out in the end.”