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Uppsala University (Sweden)/
2012～2013/The mystical aurora that I saw in the world of -30°C, the times I spent in the pub drinking and chatting, the assignments I had to work on with friends until late at night... Even after
The mystical aurora that I saw in the world of -30°C, the times I spent in the pub drinking and chatting, the assignments I had to work on with friends until late at night... Even after a year has passed since I came back to Japan, I remember my life overseas as though they were yesterday. I had been a university student who enjoyed starting new life in Tokyo, discovering more and more about a new world, but living in Sweden was another new experience full of excitement.
There are arguments for and against studying overseas. Some people may feel that sacrificing a year to be an exchange student is too much, or look down on those who decide to study overseas on a whim. But in my case I decided to study abroad with the hope that it would be an experience that would greatly change me and that I would not regret it.
When I actually went abroad, I can confidently say that I had a highly fulfilling 10 months. Life as a student living with not only the local Swedish students, but also with international students from all over the world, was a different thing from what I had experienced in Japan. My interests had changed as I became aware of problems that I hadn’t even thought of, and I will never forget the days I spent trying to make my overseas life fulfilling.
To be a little specific, since my overseas life was relatively relaxing regarding time, I spent a lot of time chatting with a coffee in one hand (the culture is called Fika), and I have the impression that I realized a lot of things talking to friends. Harmless conversations with Swedes sometimes turned into arguments with Swedes, who love to debate. (lol) Of course, there were things I learned in the classes and my self-study, but the thing I enjoyed the most was conversation with friends that was based on their day-to-day experiences, and I was able to have a fulfilling overseas life by making use of them to how I spent my days.
Even if you study abroad at the same university as somebody else, how you spend the days differs between each person. But if you have even a little interest, I really hope that you take on the challenge and have a fulfilling overseas study life!