This year the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is celebrating its 180th anniversary and at the same time the programme ERASMUS of the European Union becomes 30 years old. Yesterday there was a little celebration in the big hall of the central buildung. Each AUDIMAX I have seen from inside until now, is nothing compared to this 🙂
Several people give talks abput the importance, the statistics, the history, and the future of ERASMUS or talked about there own experiences today as outgoings or incomings to Athens and also in the past. For example one professor talked about her ERASMUS she did in 1987 as one of the first students, who had the opportunity to study abroad – without knowing the language, without internet etc.
The official part was followed by a little concert in the yard of the building.
This evening made me also think of my personal ERASMUS experience, although it hasn´t come to an end at that point. Of course then I will draw a final conclusion, but already now I want to collect some interim balances.
- Before I came here, I thought that experiences in a foreign country are important of course, but I couldn´t understand, why it is kind of fashionable and essential, if you want to apply somewhere. Being now here, I changed my mind. It´s really essential, especially regarding the non-formal education you get during a stay abroad.
- The cliché the ERASMUS is all about party, drinking and „YOLO“ annoys me a bit. But I find a suitable way for me to deal with it 😉
- Yes, already now I think, that the time here in Athens changed me as a person, especially the lifestyle differs at least in some points from the one in Germany. And I´m excited, how much of this I can/want to take home 🙂
- Meanwhile I feel at home in Athens, and that´s important. I am familiar with the streets, the public transport etc. And, what´s even more important: I got to know so many unforgettable people (ERASMUS-Mates) and Greeks, they never let me feel alone!
Writing these words, I notice myself getting a bit sentimental. And this will get even worse, the closer the end will come. But there won´t be a huge gap, when I return, so that I hopefully can avoid the worst symptoms of a post-ERASMUS depression 😉