Notes from the Netherlands

Notes from the Netherlands #10: A Reflection

Note from the Netherlands

Notes from the Netherlands is my feature where I discuss my time studying at Leiden University. I want to blog about this amazing experience as much as I can!

In just under a week, I will be leaving the Netherlands and heading back to the UK. I just wanted to take the opportunity to look back at everything I have managed to accomplish this year.

  • For me, one of the biggest things was the fact that I moved to another country by myself. At 18, I didn’t even consider any university more than 2 hours away from home for my Bachelors degree, so the fact that I felt confident enough to move abroad alone was a pretty massive step.
  • I went to my first club. Yeah, somehow I avoided them entirely during my Bachelors degree…
  • I went on my first pub crawl.
  • I went to my first paint party.
  • In fact, I pretty much attempted to make up for the lack of stuff I did during my Bachelors degree.
  • I wrote a 30,000 word thesis that I am pretty happy with.
  • I travelled to both Germany and Belgium, and stayed in my first youth hostel!
  • I learnt some Dutch – I can’t really hold a conversation but I understand a lot more than I can express.
  • I realised that I love cycling everywhere and that it’s something we need to do more of in the UK.
  • I confirmed that this is DEFINITELY the career path that I want.
  • I met up with some of the most important people in my life.
  • I learned that any event, no matter how boring it sounds, is always interesting when there’s free food and drink.
  • Apparently I actually DO enjoy the gym. Most of the time.
  • I met some fantastic people who I hope will be friends for life.
  • And this is one of the most important things to me – I managed to almost entirely financially support myself. I’ve never been good at saving money, but somehow I managed it really well during the two years I worked to come here. And sometimes I forget that all the money I’m spending here, all my rent, my tuition fees, everything – has been mostly paid for by my own hard work. That, more than anything, makes me feel like a grown up!

Leiden

Ik ga je missen, Leiden!

9 thoughts on “Notes from the Netherlands #10: A Reflection”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your highlights! It sounds like you had a great experience (paint party!). I hope that if I go for a Master’s I get experience as much. Also, it’s FANTASTIC that you feel good about your career choice. I still don’t know what I want to do, so I envy you that. πŸ™‚ Do you think you’ll ever go back to the Netherlands to live? Good luck in the next stage in your life!

    1. Thanks Maraia πŸ˜€ And yes, I think I’d be happy living and working here, definitely. Only issue is my level of Dutch πŸ˜‰

      1. It’s a good thing the Dutch have some of the best English, haha. But I know what you mean. If you’re in a work environment instead of a school one you’ll probably pick up the language even faster!

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