For the second field, I decided to come to go on Erasmus, it was always part of my plan. Being from a foreign country, I know how important, educational and inspiring it is to travel.
When looking at the possibilities for Erasmus, I was presented with Cork (Ireland) or Venice (Italy). I lived in Bologna (Italy) a while back so all together, it seemed like a better option. Plus my Italian needed using.
I have been here since March, and the experience has been great. With ups and downs as anything, but great.
In a way, I wish the Erasmus coordinator in our University had more information for us before. The beginning could’ve been a less stressful if we had known more.
I have been scammed, TWICE. I have been sharing a double bed with someone I didn’t really know. I have visited loads of Museums, Galleries and the Biennale. I have eaten delicious food and met great people. I have travelled and discovered. I have laugh a lot and I have cried a lot too.
It has been a great experience personally. University wise maybe not so much. It has made me appreciate the facilities and people who work in Cardiff a lot more. At the same time, not having all the kit we do at home has made me think about other ways of achieving some of the things I’ve been trying to do. It has made me solve the problems that were present and has made me discover a lot about my practice and myself, this I have enjoyed a lot.
But in some ways I feel that I might not have grown professionally as much as the rest who stayed home. University and student life are completely different. The lecturers might show up or not. They might have time for you or not. Overall, I haven’t found as helpful as the staff in Cardiff who have got back to my emails quicker than the lecturers here have to my questions in person. I feel as I have gained a lot of experiences but at the same time I have lost many others. Right now I don’t regret anything but maybe next year I will have a few problems regarding maybe skills that I didn’t acquire.
I think I needed more direction than I got.
Whilst being here, I have been taking on Mosaic Techniques which I have enjoyed even if it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would have been. I have enjoyed going in the morning and spend all day working on a design, cutting, glueing and then seeing the final result.
The lecturer is this class was really nice and a fan of classical music. He would put a playlist in the morning and it would keep going throughout the day.
I got to do learn two techniques, as it is a course that runs for the whole year.
The second lecture I took is Photography.
I have always been interested in it, but the lessons were not what I expected. The lecturer would prepare a PowerPoint presentation and spend 3 hours of lesson reading through it.
The third subject I took is Decorazione. The guidelines for the subject was that there were no guidelines. It has been very interesting to speak to one of the lecturers who also did Erasmus when he was in uni.