This time, I decided to interview a friend from home, Singapore. Having returned from his international exchange in January this year, I met up with Jereme to hear all about his wonderful Europe stories. The more I heard, the more I reminisced my own exchange in 2015. I always love hearing about my juniors’ own exchange stories. Each has a unique experience on its own – no one story is the same, nor has it ever been boring. I love connecting with people through travel like that!
1. What’s your name, age, occupation and country you are from?
Jereme Chong, 24, Singapore
2. Why did you decide to study overseas?
I needed a change of pace, to experience the world beyond my tiny city. Going abroad gave me the opportunity the discover more than the ordinary challenges I face every day, and see what the world has to offer.
3. In which country did you study and how long?
Turkey, 5 months.
4. Share a favourite photo taken while you were studying abroad!
Read: Cappadocia, Turkey
5. Describe an unforgettable/ scary experience you encountered.
I got mugged in a crowded street early in the morning on New Year’s Day.
6. How did studying abroad make you change your perspective of life?
I realised that the world is a lot bigger than I thought, and that there more possibilities out there than I could even begin to comprehend. It helped me understand that my future is whatever I choose to make of it, as long as I have the courage to go for it.
7. Have you done something during this trip that surprised yourself?
I danced with a crowd of middle-aged retirees in the second floor of a treehouse bar, while travelling in the south of Turkey.
8. What’s your favourite travel website, whether it be for travel planning or travel inspiration?
9. If you had 2 tips you could share from your study abroad experience to students feeling apprehensive about taking this leap, what would they be?
- It’s all about daring to say yes. Once you take the first step, and keep moving forward you will find experiences that though scary or challenging at first, will end up being some of the best in your life.
- I’ve never met someone who regretted going abroad. What does that say about you?
Student Travel Series seek to showcase travel stories from students, for students. The aim of this series is to inspire more youths and students to take the leap and discover a world outside of your own!
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