I’m on the train right now, heading back to Vienna from my hometown, with a bag of fresh vegetables from the farmers market sitting next to me and I’m thinking, this might be one of the last times in a long time I’ll be looking out of the window and enjoying the fields and vineyards, the little wineries and nice landscapes.
Why? Because I’ll be moving to Denmark in August to get my Master’s degree there.
I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this new chapter of my life. The thing is, that I always wanted to go abroad again. I’ve lived in the US for a year after finishing high school, which has been a very enriching experience, one that helped me become who I am today. I’ve lived in Vienna for the last 3 ½ years, studying for my Bachelor’s degree and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. I’m still in love with Vienna. It’s a beautiful city to live in and I have my whole family and my boyfriend close to me.
Now why have I decided to go abroad again?
The thing is, I don’t have the feeling that I have fully found myself yet. I’m not sure where to go in life, what kind of job I want to do and so on and so on. There are simply too many opportunities and as I am interested in about one million different things, it’s super hard to decide what I want to do with my life. Sure, I want to travel, I want to have a family and be happy (duh! Who doesn’t?!). But I’m not sure about how to plan my life and where to go. So I thought it’s time to try something new and get my Master’s degree in Denmark. I’ve made the experience that sometimes it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and dive into a new adventure in order to get ahead in life.
I’ve been to Denmark once a few years back when I visited a Danish friend who lives in the south. I immediately fell in love with the country and the people there. And, let’s be honest, Danish is one of the cutest languages on earth! I looked at universities in Austria, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain etc. but for some reason I have always been fascinated by Nordic countries (this might also have something to do with the fact that there are no study fees there). I applied for a few universities in Denmark and got accepted at three out of four. In the end, I chose Copenhagen Business School and to go for a Master of Arts in International Business Communication (Intercultural Marketing).
I guess I should be super excited right now.
But to be honest, I fear the day I have to say goodbye to my family, friends and especially my boyfriend. When I was younger I thought I would never be the kind of person who would depend on other people and I don’t (otherwise I wouldn’t move to Copenhagen), but it’s still hard to say goodbye. Even now, my eyes are tearing up and I dread the day I leave for the airport.
Sure, Copenhagen is only 1 ½ hours by plane away and the flights are affordable so we will be able to see each other every now and then. Plus, we have a huge advantage that generations of generations before us didn’t have. It’s called the Internet and there are amazing things you can do with it: Skype, Facetime, E-Mail, … We’ll manage and I think if our relationship survives this challenge, we can say for sure that we are meant to be together.
So everything is awesome, right?