You have to deal with it: the Erasmus is finished and you are back home. Some months ago you were partying almost every day, you were always meeting new people while sharing different stories and cultures. Organizing parties was easy, you just needed your roomates and some friends: every night was amazing. Some stories and experiences are difficult to be forgotten.
Come on, we all have faced these moments. Looks like life has ended after them. That’s not true. Life continues… with these stages:
The very first moments at home aren’t so bad. You are tired from last Thursday party and you still have to rest. Your mother is still welcoming because she only saw you one day ago. You can spend your day eating and sleeping. Life is good.
Your friends start deleting all the Whatsapp groups. Meanwhile, you receive unuseful Facebook notifications for events in your past city. Your mother comes in the room asking to put some order. The idyllic peace that was spreading everywhere some days ago is finished. These are the moments when you start wondering whether you Erasmus is finished or you are still dreaming. Life after the Erasmus? Is there life after?
While sleeping like there is no tomorrow in every horizontal surface, you wake up and suddenly you start realizing. It wasn’t a dream. It was a fucking nightmare! This moment is the beginning of a long stream of consciousness (Virginia Woolf docet): flashbacks of all the experiences, friends, beers, parties, jokes and games start coming to your mind.
What?!? Do I really have to attend classes? Why? Don’t I just have to pass the final exam? Can’t I go partying the day before my exam anymore? Hey hey hey… This is not the Erasmus anymore! You have to attend your classes everyday while studying… And no, you don’t just have to pass the exam, you have to work!
#5 Join Erasmus Groups.
Walking in the corridor you just discover that while you have been abroad some Erasmus groups have been founded in your university. Moreover, you feel the necessity of talking in English with someone even if you were fluent only when you were drunk.
#6 Time For Questions.
Is it possible to continue your erasmus life even when you are back home? Of course yes! You have the possibility of meeting other Erasmus through some platforms like ESN (Erasmus Student Network). I think this can be a really good way of knowing new people while enjoying the Erasmus life even in your home country. They are almost everywhere in Europe and always looking for people to help them organizing the events. Try to find them in your uni!
#7 What You Learn
Once, I read this sentence from Seneca: “You must change your disposition, not the sky under which you live”. The first thing you learn from your Erasmus is how big the world is: don’t miss the opportunity of knowing more and more! Every day is a new possibility to meet new people, know other cultures and enjoy the international atmosphere.