Time really flies when you have many different things happening at the same moment. After my first month as a master’s student at Aston, I am flabbergasted and busy due to a huge workload of assignments. It seems that I have not had a busy schedule as that for ages, and even though I am used to learn how well I can manage my activities and time, the experience at Aston has become an amazing challenge to me.
Firstly, I am living alone for the first time in my life. Hence, I have been forced to think not just about lectures and assignments, but also the basic stuff I need over the week to be able to only focus on my studies. Secondly, it is a different country! Although I had been here before, it was just for holidays. It is a much more challenging experience when you have to deal with basic needs such as grocery, laundry and clothing in a daily basis. Metrics, systems and sizes are different from my home country, so it is always important to look for such information and be adaptable to those situations. Just to give you some food for thought. Back in Brazil I used to wear medium size clothes but, here in the UK, I can barely find anything below larger or extra-large that would fit me. Moreover, I am not fat at all! Furthermore, my experience among students from more different countries than I’ve ever imagined! It starts with my flatmates, Italy, Philippines, India and China. I will save a post dedicated to them next month. Nevertheless, I can also mention my classmates, group mates, friends from the different societies I joined and other students that I have met around the campus. Great people! It has been challenging to remember every name and get to know them a little bit better. This experience has been really rewarding. I always considered myself as being “a citizen of the world”, but here I just discovered that the world is bigger than I thought, and as in Brazil, people are much different from each other, even if they belong to the same country, nation or world region.
For my readers I just would like to say that, now that I am completely settled down, I will try to post at least once a week on the blog. I do not want you to miss anything that happens here! It has been really an amazing experience and turning point in my life. So, see you next week.