I arrived to UK on 11th of September. To be honest my journey did not start the way I planned it, I was sick and for the first time in my life I did not enjoy the flight at all and basically just cried the whole time because of the pressure in my ears and head. In the Stansted airport I needed to wait six hours for the next train to Derby so it did not really help the case. When I finally arrived to Derby on Saturday 12th of September I was exhausted and my mind set was not the best possible, perhaps that is why I felt like I had made a mistake. Luckily that feeling lasted 8 hours and when it was time to go to see the city and other students I felt already better. I wanted to write this because I feel like it can happen to anyone. You may feel homesick et cetera, and you truly may believe that you’ve made a mistake. Believe me, you have not.
After two weeks of partying and socialising it was time to go to school. I honestly did not know what to expect, so I was quite open minded to everything. The school was big and very modern, as there were Subway, many cafes and the class rooms were updated. Teaching in the University of Derby was overall very good and professional and they had interesting ways of doing it (some of them a bit weird). For example, in one seminar we build towers from Legos. Can you imagine? I must add that I took three modules (all 10 credits) and this one was a first year module, the other two were third year. However, to be honest, I’ve never learned that much as in University of Derby so I can’t really complain at all.
During my three months I also travelled a lot, in England, Scotland and Ireland. That was actually one of the reasons why I wanted to go to an exchange to England as I knew that I would not go there otherwise, I am more of a sunbed-type vacationer. So I decided to take all the advantage of the exchange and travel as much as I could along with school. In three months I saw plenty and learned so much that I can’t really put it to words. I met a hell of a bunch of awesome people from all over the world and got to know to different cultures and learned how they differ from ours. I honestly can’t recommend student exchange enough - I do not have words to describe it. You need to experience it yourself. My advice is, go and enjoy every minute of it as in the end you will realise that it was way too short time…
Written by Susanna Anttila