I remember that cloudy afternoon when I left Colombia for an exchange year in Germany. It was February 6th 2009, my heart was pumping fast, it was the first time I left my family behind and I just had a bag full of expectations and fears. It was a trip that change my life forever I such a way I would never expected, neither if someone told me it as a kid. 5 years after this first exchange I´m heading to Singapore for another exchange but flying with that same bag I had some years ago.
Of course, this bag is now packed with different expectations and fears, but probably the same you had when you did that trip overseas. A exchange year is one of the most private and beautiful experiences you will ever live in your life. There is not a right or a wrong way to do it, you just prepare yourself with hopes and dreams and remember what everyone will say to you “everything is gonna be fine”, which is probably the biggest true you will know during your exchange.
I had two exchanges with a different purpose. That first exchange was in the search of a better future and to get my first own opinion of the world. A experience that changed my life. Afterwards I felt I found a new home, my exchange country became my new hometown. Germany was my home for 5 years, 5 years where I was in exchange with myself. Sometimes you will get angry or disappointed, nervous or scared but don´t forget that everything is gonna be fine. Now I´m leaving this my “home” country for an exchange in a way farther place, Singapore. This second exchange is more academical and a way to get to know a different culture from the middle point between a foreigner and a local.
I guess, when you see the world with your own eyes and not for what others tell you, you will become a small nomad inside.
Everyone feels the exchange in a different way and how you deal with these situations is how you will define yourself as a character in your future. This experiences will remain forever in your memories and the people you meet on the road will be the stories of the good memories you had.
Enjoy this time, because it not only goes fast, but you will never get it back and don´t worry because “everything is gonna be fine”.