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Jane Nduta Wambura, Kenya: MSc in Clinical Nutrition (KITE program)

"Embrace the World, Erase Regrets: Seize Your Study Abroad Journey Today!"

Studying abroad has been the most transformative experience of my life. Moving from the familiar Kenyan education system to the European one was challenging, but I embraced it wholeheartedly. Learning a new foreign language, adapting to a different culture, making new friends, and adjusting to the new environment was all part of the 360-degree life change I underwent. Despite the fast-paced changes, I was fortunate to have an exceptional support system that helped me navigate various EU cities and integrate into my program, the MSc in Clinical Nutrition, under the KITE program(Knowledge, Integration and Transparency in Education).

This journey of studying abroad reintroduced me to an untapped skill set I never knew I possessed. Moreover, it taught me the invaluable skill of adapting to various systemic changes in different countries. Beyond gaining knowledge in Clinical nutrition, I also acquired essential tech skills that continue to benefit me in the job market. Additionally, studying abroad opened up work opportunities in foreign countries, a path I wouldn't have pursued if I had stayed in Kenya. My personal growth has been tremendous, from easily making friends to shedding cultural prejudices and networking in unexpected circles.

The international student community, particularly my fellow Erasmus Scholars, played a crucial role in my development. Interacting with diverse minds allowed me to see different perspectives and realize that, despite cultural differences, we share common ideas and information. This global perspective inspired me to reach out to others and give back to the world.

One cultural practice from the host country that strongly resonated with me is the value placed on punctuality. Incorporating this into my life back home has significantly improved my efficiency in both work and daily activities.

Reflecting on my experience, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to study abroad if given the opportunity

Reflecting on my experience, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to study abroad if given the opportunity. Meeting people from all walks of life and daring to study in countries with unfamiliar languages was daring but incredibly rewarding. Taking this chance has spared me from a life of regrets and "what ifs." To those aspiring to participate in the Erasmus program or any study abroad opportunity, I urge you not to give up if you face initial setbacks. Learn from mistakes, seek relevant support, and keep pursuing your dreams until you succeed. Studying abroad opens up a world of possibilities and allows you to see the world with a fresh perspective.

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