An Erasmus conspiracy

I’ve spent the last five months on Erasmus in Madrid and I’ve loved it! The lifestyle is chilled, university classes were fun and I’ve been able to watch endless football matches.

BUT I feel I was sold a lie – this lie began before I even arrived and it regards the weather. I chose Spain mainly to watch the football but also so I could get some sun and a tan however there has been a significant lack of it and I only have two weeks left.  Continue reading

University life in Spain

*This is a disclaimer about this blog before I begin: I go to San Pablo University in Madrid and this blog is based purely from my experiences here, I don’t want to upset too many Spaniards…*

Most Europeans are more chilled out than us English so I expected it to be kind of relaxed here but not quite to the extent I’ve experienced. I absolutely love uni here there’s no doubt about that but it’s very different to the order of Sheffield. Continue reading

Hostel living and washing up lessons

I’ve lived abroad before so I wasn’t nervous about coming to Madrid and knew I would settle in quickly. I should, however, have prepared a little more before I came. I arrived with the intention of spending a night in a hostel then registering the next day at uni and finding a flat. I had used Uniplaces online before I came and found a cheap room near the centre.  In my naive state I applied a week before assuming it was a case of processing details and it would be mine but, no, they rejected me, so I reapplied unsuccessfully three more times until I kind of got the message I wasn’t welcome. Continue reading

Erasmus endeavours

For the second semester of this year I’ll be studying in Madrid at the San Pablo University. I’m very excited and can’t wait to experience life in the Spanish capital.

There is quite a bit of preparation to enable all this to happen, which I expected, but I can safely say I never want to see a form ever again. For some of the things you have to fill out a form in order to be able to fill out a different form, then its a race against time for it to arrive in the post, only for you to realise you’ve filled out the wrong form. Anyway enough about forms. Continue reading

Gap year 2.0

Back in 6th form I had no real clue what I wanted to when I finished school, so I did the classic and went on a gap year. If you’ve heard enough about gap years I’d probably give this blog a miss.

I spent my gap year in the south of Chile volunteering as an English teacher for the charity Project Trust. I lived with the family of one of the students I taught and I had an amazing time – in fact, it was so good that I’m back here now visiting, I booked the trip in October and it was a huge motivation for working hard at university and it was well worth it. Continue reading

First year reflections

With just under a month left of university and only exams to go it’s safe to say this year has been fantastic.

I’ve really enjoyed my course, meeting new people and joining new societies. Coming back to Sheffield and restarting university was a big decision but I’m glad it’s paid off and I don’t regret it at all. I have also found blogging really enjoyable and it’s a great way of keeping memories. Continue reading

Changing courses

I seem to mention in some of my blogs the fact I changed courses for this year, so I figured why not write about it?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll give you a quick low down. Last year, I was here studying Law and Criminology. I withdrew from university just after Christmas and, as I worked, I reapplied to study Journalism here this year. Continue reading