Life in Rotterdam
This week marks the start of my new term at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. So far this study abroad experience has not gone how I expected at all. It has gone better than I could have ever imagined. For the first three weeks of my arrival in Rotterdam, I had no permanent housing. However, I received support and temporary housing from fellow San Francisco State University students who are also studying at Erasmus. I met them all here in Rotterdam and I have become great friends with them. During the time where I had no permanent housing, I kept telling myself no matter how hard it got, in the end this would just be a great story to tell once I got back.
As far as schooling goes, I did not expect the term to go by so fast. The terms are 8 weeks long and fast paced compared to SFSU. Although it is not what I am used to, I am glad it’s different, because that is the whole reason I decided to study abroad. I wanted to experience something that was different and outside of my comfort zone. The Erasmus professors along with my classmates come from many different countries, which I appreciate because I am exposed to having different perspectives from other countries and cultures.
I am so glad I decided to study in Netherlands and at Erasmus University. This is a beautiful country full of friendly (it doesn’t hurt that most Dutch people speak English) and very helpful people. I have met people from so many different countries and I have learned so much from every person that I have met. From what their culture is like to peoples misconceptions about what being from California really means. One person thought because I was from California I was a “surf girl,” when in reality I have never gone surfing in my life. Interactions like these are exactly the reason why I decided to study abroad. I wanted to be exposed to people’s beliefs about not only the U.S but also their home country.
Three months. That is how long until I say goodbye to Rotterdam and fly back to San Francisco. I am already dreading leaving, but in the meantime I am looking forward to all the great stories and memories I will be making!