Sara Graham is a Sheffield Hallam student studying BSc Psychology – read her story as she travels to University of Jyväskylä, Finland to study for a year!
“I can’t really articulate how great it was but to sum it up in one word I would definitely say life changing
I decided to take part in Erasmus since I had the chance and to set myself apart from other students on my CV. I’d heard really good reviews from friends and family members that had done it but really had no idea how good it would be. I wen
t to Jyväskylä, Finland and completed 25 ECTS in a few courses, I met a huge group of Erasmus and international students from around the world and travelled around Finland and Scandinavia.
I benefitted from Erasmus in countless ways. Without sounding too cliché, I grew massively as a person: I met loads of friends all over the globe and learned about many different cultures apart from just Finland. I feel like I found myself again as I kind of got a bit lost in my ‘university’ self. I’ve learnt that I’m a very capable, independent person – more so than I thought I was.
Getting there on my own was terrifying but having achieving it successfully, travelling around the Nordic and Scandinavian countries, and coming home, I’m not even phased by travelling anymore.
I took the opportunity of living in such a beautiful nature filled country to travel to Lapland with ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and see the Northern lights.”