The Real Value Of Going On Exchange

Going abroad unfortunately developed to become something like a check-off item on a “to do list”. Many students see it as a requirement to score high on the career ladder. However, for me, going abroad has always been something more of an opportunity to grow as a person, experience new and diverse cultures, explore different customs and mindsets and – above all – meet people and make new friends from around the world.

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Consequently, my time at BI was not the first semester I had spent in a foreign country. Before going to Norway, I already had been studying in Dublin and Washington, DC. However, my time in Oslo was certainly one of the most rewarding visits I have had to another country. It was an educational experience that tied all of my international adventures together. During my time at American University in D.C., I met Line, a Danish girl from a small island. A mutual friend introduced us to each other, and after exploring the city together, we decided to go on a road trip down the East Coast of the United States.

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If you have ever been on a road trip, you know that the fondest of friendships often cannot withstand the struggles of sleep deprivation, hunger, and roadside problems. However, we somehow magically managed to return to D.C. as even closer friends. During an emotional departure from Dulles International Airport, we promised each other to stay in touch for as long as humanly possible. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts and good intentions, we quickly settled back into our familiar routines, and slowly but steady lost sight of each other.

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After deciding, to spend my last semester of my Master of Finance at BI – so close to Copenhagen – I was determined to push our relationship back on track. I promised myself to go to Copenhagen as soon as possible to catch up with her, and explore the beautiful Danish capital. Finally, after 24 months I went to Copenhagen to meet her again. We spent the whole day together, exploring the city, laughing, talking about the “good old times”, and mutual friends from back in the States. Time passed way too fast and before we knew it, it was time for me to return to Oslo. On the plane back to Oslo I realized that this encounter taught me something very important that I would like to share with everybody, who is already studying in another country or is thinking about going abroad:

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No matter how much time passes and how many months you do not see or hear from each other, your time abroad and the experiences you share will connect you forever, and give you the ability to always pick up where you left off.

 

About the author:

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I am Alexa, a recently graduated, 24-year-old Master of Science in Finance from Germany. I am the sandwich child of three sisters born and raised in Southern Bavaria. Other than horses, my greatest passion is travelling, moving to different countries for a while, and to experience another way of living. One day, I would like to visit every single country in the world. Next up on my bucket list is northern Africa next spring.

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