Erasmus from home

At the beginning of 2020, I had big plans and lots of anticipation for what the year ahead would bring. I had just returned from the South of France, where I had lived for 5 months as I completed an internship as part of my Year Abroad. I had survived culture shock, a new job in a new country and spent many shaky moments desperately wanting to return to the comfort of Sheffield in between. After all that, sitting at home in the UK throughout the Christmas break, I had a new found sense of confidence. I was more than ready to embark on the second half of my Year Abroad at a German university close to the beautiful Black Forest.

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New ways to stay focused

There’s no denying that the world feels like a really bizarre place right now. I for one am coming to terms with the fact that I am now studying German out of a textbook, rather than on my year abroad in Germany. Adjusting to being back at home so abruptly has been strange, and a lot of other students I’ve chatted too are finding it tricky to remain focused on essays and revision too.

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