Blog post Diana - Six Months Later

Goosebumps & Butterflies!
Introduction image - Diana Tiba

I have been waiting for the right moment in order to write the first post for this blog. I choose this week in particular because it’s been six months now since I moved to this amazing city and now I finally know why I am here and why I chose this place and university.

The journey began way before I even realized, while I was still living in my home country, studying a different Bachelor. I kept feeling like something was missing or trapped even though I was surrounded by the most beautiful people that I still call best friends to this day, although so thousands kilometers are keeping us apart.

I knew I wanted to leave my home country behind due to the political system and after a long research I decided that The Netherlands is the smartest choice for me and my future, as well as geographically. Next, I looked at the top universities in NL, made a long list of media-related Bachelors across the country and ended up choosing IBCoM and moving to Rotterdam. The last 6 months that I spend home are a total blur: from preparing the required documents, translating them, working a full-time job, still studying and preparing for the language test; everything was so chaotic that the feeling lasted even after finally moving here.

I remember the first days in Rotterdam and to sum them up in only two words: goosebumps and butterflies. Walking alone the streets of Rotterdam was a wake-up call for me. I realized that there is so much more out there and that in order to want more you have to see and do more. I fell in love with the city irremediably and immediately. The fact that the weather was really warm and sunny helped me form the best first impression. Along with the memories of the first days in the city I recall the first days in campus. Everything was so different of what I was used to and at first I felt a little lost but very excited about what was going to happen. My final clue was the start of the academic year. That was the final test in order to convince myself that the choice I spent so much time making was also the right one for me.

I am here now, six months later, smiling in the cafeteria while looking at all these people that I will probably never see again in my life. I am happy to be here and to be a part of this university. I find this environment to challenge me everyday and to make me want to give my best in life. Of course, it is not the right choice for everybody and not everyone can be pleased by the same things, but if you have the right mindset and are prepared to work hard, then this is the place for you. The people are great and the course is great, the teachers are remarkable and opportunities arise at every corner. I feel and I know that my adventure has started 6 month ago, when I arrived here. I can’t wait to see where it will take me next.