I can’t believe I’m here! – a new adventure Exactly one week ago (Wednesday) I arrived in the little town of Bangor, Wales, UK. I was feeling nervous, excited, scared and a whole lot of other things. Just a year ago I was still struggling with my anxiety, I was going to therapy on a regular basis and studying abroad was just an unreachable dream. Because how would I ever be able to leave home for four whole months? But seven days ago now, I was really doing it. I was trading my safe and secure life at home for a new and different one in another country, and moving in with four complete strangers. I said goodbye to my parents, knowing I was probably not going to see them for four months – and yes, there were tears. Then it was time to get settled in. Some of the girls who live in the same building and I decided to go shopping, because we were in desperate need of supplies. We arrived early in the evening, so after that we all just decided to go to bed. The next day we had a mandatory meeting at the main university building. The thing is though, that here in Bangor, the university buildings are mostly located on a mountainside. Which means there’s a lot of uphill walking on our way to uni. And I’m telling you, it’s been a week and I’m still feeling my sore muscles. One thing I know for sure is that I’ll be going back home with very trained legs. Anyway back to the university buildings. The main building is gorgeous. Some people refer to it as the Hogwarts building. It’s a large castle-like building, with high ceilings, fancy doors and stained glass windows. During the next couple of days we went exploring the town, figuring out what to do with our modules and making sure every important university related thing is settled properly. We walked along the pier, on the end of which is a little tearoom where you can eat the most delicious scones. We hung out at a pub near our building and got to know some of the other international students. On Sunday we decided to head to the beach in Rhosneigr by train and it just so happened that we passed through the city with the longest name in Wales. One of the great things about Bangor University is that the societies and sports clubs are free. So I signed up for photography, dancing, the psychology society and in the next couple of weeks I’m going to check out boxing and some volunteering projects as well. To me, moving to a different country, meeting loads of new people and getting used to a whole new environment is a pretty stressful thing. But I’m so proud of myself for handling everything the way that I do (and I rarely say I’m proud of myself). However everyone has their struggles, just like I do. On the first night I was so tired and stressed, that I had a panic attack when I was lying in bed. I had anticipated it was going to be hard for me the first few weeks, and I was probably going to have some moments of anxiety. So I wasn’t surprised that it happened, but I’m happy that that was the only time I had a panic attack thus far. And compared to last year, when I would sometimes suffer through a panic attack multiple times a day, I’m really happy with my progress. So to anyone feeling like their dreams are unreachable because of their anxiety: keep trying! Don’t give up. I’m here, living one of my dreams and I believe that anyone can overcome their fears and live their dream as well. If you want to stay up to date with my life here in Bangor, you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin’. Or you can just click one of the social media buttons. X RandomDutchie

I can’t believe I’m here! – a new adventure

Exactly one week ago I arrived in the little town of Bangor, Wales, UK. I was feeling nervous, excited, scared and a whole lot of other things. Just a year ago I was still struggling with my anxiety, I was going to therapy on a regular basis and studying abroad was just an unreachable dream. Because how would I ever be able to leave home for four whole months? But seven days ago now, I was really doing it. I was trading my safe and secure life at home for a new and different one in another country, and moving in with four complete strangers. I said goodbye to my parents, knowing I was probably not going to see them for four months – and yes, there were tears. Then it was time to get settled in. Some of the girls who live in the same building and I decided to go shopping, because we were in desperate need of supplies. We arrived early in the evening, so after that we all just decided to go to bed.

The next day we had a mandatory meeting at the main university building. The thing is though, that here in Bangor, the university buildings are mostly located on a mountainside. Which means there’s a lot of uphill walking on our way to uni. And I’m telling you, it’s been a week and I’m still feeling my sore muscles. One thing I know for sure is that I’ll be going back home with very trained legs. Anyway back to the university buildings. The main building is gorgeous. Some people refer to it as the Hogwarts building. It’s a large castle-like building, with high ceilings, fancy doors and stained glass windows. bangor-university-garden-patio bangor-university-garden bangor-university-building

During the next couple of days we went exploring the town, figuring out what to do with our modules and making sure every important university related thing is settled properly. We walked along the pier, on the end of which is a little tearoom where you can eat the most delicious scones. We hung out at a pub near our building and got to know some of the other international students. On Sunday we decided to head to the beach in Rhosneigr by train and it just so happened that we passed through the city with the longest name in Wales.pier-web pier-water pier-bangor-me cream-tea-at-the-pier-bangor longest-cityname-name-in-wales-llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch sea-at-rohsneighr beach-at-rohsneighr

One of the great things about Bangor University is that the societies and sports clubs are free. So I signed up for photography, dancing, the psychology society and in the next couple of weeks I’m going to check out boxing and some volunteering projects as well.

To me, moving to a different country, meeting loads of new people and getting used to a whole new environment is a pretty stressful thing. But I’m so proud of myself for handling everything the way that I do (and I rarely say I’m proud of myself). However everyone has their struggles, just like I do. On the first night I was so tired and stressed, that I had a panic attack when I was lying in bed. I had anticipated it was going to be hard for me the first few weeks, and I was probably going to have some moments of anxiety. So I wasn’t surprised that it happened, but I’m happy that that was the only time I had a panic attack thus far. And compared to last year, when I would sometimes suffer through a panic attack multiple times a day, I’m really happy with my progress. So to anyone feeling like their dreams are unreachable because of their anxiety: keep trying! Don’t give up. I’m here, living one of my dreams and I believe that anyone can overcome their fears and live their dream as well.

If you want to stay up to date with my life here in Bangor, you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin’. Or you can just click one of the social media buttons.

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  • Jolein

    What a nice experience! You can indeed be proud of yourself! It isn’t easy to leave your country, family and friends behind to move to a complete new place. But you did it :D! It looks all very pretty over there on your pictures. The university looks so different from the ones I know in the Netherlands! I hope you’ll have a great time there and learn a lot (for your study but also by spending your time in a new place :) ). Have fun!

    • Hi Jolein, thank you for saying all these nice things. I does look pretty, doesn’t it? I’ll try my best to make the most of this experience!