10 Reasons why you should go on Exchange

If you told me a year ago that I’d be living in Amsterdam, I would’ve laughed. But here I am, 6 months after I’ve moved to sin city, sitting in a cozy little Dutch café writing this (#cultured).  I’ve only got a weekend left of my 6-month exchange and let me tell you – studying overseas has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Here’s why:

    1. You make friends from all over the world –

      By the end of my first week here I had the coolest little squad I could’ve ever asked for. Put together 2 Aussies, 2 Italians, a German, a Chilean and a Cypriot and there you go, the perfect mix – AmsterFam (cheesy I know, but hey, we’re family).

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    2. You have the ultimate excuse to explore
      Anything from nearby cities & countries all the way to close-by continents. I crossed off 25 cities in the space of 6 months which left me very broke but hey, experiences are priceless.
    3. You have an excuse to keep travelling even after you’re finished with your exchange because now you have friends literally everywhere who you miss & want to visit6 months down the track I’ve got invites to Coachella (seriously Grace if you’re reading this, I’m coming), Sicily, Chile, South Africa, Berlin and the list goes on.. (In serious need of a job first!)
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    4. You try things you probably never thought you would. I’ll let your imagination run wild with that one. Tasting snails in Paris is also on that list.. surprisingly yummy!
    5. You come home with the craziest stories to share 
      Like this one time when… I was in the Greek islands and my new friend got arrested on his way to meet us at a humus bar. I never thought I’d be visiting someone in a greek island prison at 3am to bring them a gyros.Or this other time I visited a friend in the UK and go to join her at the Cambridge Law Ball!
    6. You never know, you might even come home with a new best friend. I was lucky enough to meet Izzy who’s from Sydney, goes to my uni, lives 10 mins away from me and even shares my birthday. Clearly meant to be.
    7. You learn many random words in many different languages.  I can now say thank you in dutch and I can also say f#*king on the kitchen table.
    8. It’s great life experience – you learn a lot about yourself and you have a greater worldview. More importantly, you score some serious bonus points on your CV.giphy2
    9. You get to share your culture with people who know nothing about it or have many misconceptions (someone asked me if i speak Australian). We celebrated Aus day with our little AmsterFam at a place called Coco’s Outback Pub. A true Aussie pub decked out with  aboriginal art, Tripple J’s Hottest 100, VB’s, lamingtons and at least a few Australian flags. Even the toilets were labeled ‘Sheilas’ and ‘Blokes’.
    10. Finally, you begin to appreciate the little things from home that you never really thought of. Like good, strong, milk-free COFFEE AVO’S! More than anything.. the beach.

Overall, its been the best experience and I couldn’t recommend it more!

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