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Ayaulym Sarybayeva, Kazakhstan: South European Studies (EUROSUD)

Where is your home? The Life of an Academic Nomad.

It is hard for me to explain where I live now. I call myself 'Ayasha Worldwide'. It all started when I was nominated for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study in the South European Studies programme a year ago. I spent my first semester at the University of Glasgow, now I am at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and next semester I will go to the University of Aix-Marseille on a professional path.

Becoming an Erasmus Mundus student gave me the opportunity to challenge myself. Every semester, moving to a new country with a completely different education system and culture, I have become a real ‘worldwide’ citizen. An achievement was understanding the Scottish accent and then the instantaneous switching from Spanish to French. All jokes aside, another skill I didn't know I had was the ability to write multiple essays at the same time while staying up in the library until midnight.

In addition, I got the chance to discover professional opportunities. In December, I started my first internship at the University of Glasgow as an Erasmus Mundus Promotion and Social Media Officer. I am committed to sharing my knowledge and the experience gained in my academic and professional life with others, and I lead a personal blog to inspire the younger generation to reach their potential.

Being an academic nomad means I keep a piece of every country where I live in my heart and personality.

Where is my house? Well, being an academic nomad means I keep a piece of every country where I live in my heart and personality. Therefore, I understand that I will never be the same and will be more open to looking at the world from a different angle. I'm excited to see what the future holds for me and explore other hidden parts of the Earth to support the "Worldwide" lifestyle.

And for my readers: Travel, Explore, Learn and stay Curious. The world is much smaller and cozier when we have mutual respect and understanding.

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