Poland, Warsaw 13 aug 2016

5 Things to remember when moving away to University


Moving can be hard, terrifying even. In fact, sometimes it can be hard to remember why you’re doing it in the first place.

As a third culture kid, I’ve been moving my whole life, so I know how heartbreaking it can be to have to leave your whole life behind and try to look forward to something unknown with pure positivity. However, I learnt how to deal with it. Some things just need a little motivation, a little acceptance and a little light. So, remember these 5 things, said by exceptional people, when starting your little adventure:

  1. Changing your mind is one of the best ways of finding out whether you still have one” – Taylor Mali.

Illustration by Christian Thompson

Take it like a challenge. Changing your life- fills it with experience. Pain? Maybe. Happiness and Love? Definitely. Education is more than just classes: it’s the people, the culture differences, the varying opinions. Embrace new life and grow with it, grow your mind and grow your soul.


2. “Your mind is programmable- and if you’re not programming it then someone else will program it for you” – Jeremy Hammond.

Painting by Henrietta Harris Art

Painting by Henrietta Harris Art

This is an opportunity to set your life straight. What you do now: it’s going to matter. So, get your own opinion, an educated opinion, and go out into this world with the knowledge that you are intelligent and that you are unique and that you can make a difference.


3. “I looked at everyone and wondered where they came from, and who they missed, and what they were sorry for” – Jonathan Safran Foer.

Illustration by Ed Fairburn (artist)

Illustration by Ed Fairburn (artist)

The best part about moving, is meeting new people! You’re gonna meet so many interesting people, with different lives that they left behind too. You will support each other, learn from each other and laugh with each other. Look forward to the memories you’re going to make and the amazing times you’re going to have.


4. “Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you” – Paulo Coehlo.

Artwork by Egene Koo

Artwork by Egene Koo

Even when you’re homesick, you probably know deep down that this is the right choice. Time passes and we have limited amounts if it anyway. Doing something with your life, building it, it can only be a good thing and even if it’s hard, you will get through it.
5. “But the heart has its own memory and I have forgotten nothing’ – Albert Camus.

Artwork by Cristina Troufa

Artwork by Cristina Troufa

Finally, you need to understand, that moving on doesn’t mean forgetting. Your past will always be yours, ups and downs alike, but all you need to do is learn from it and use it in your new experiences. Even when there are only reminders that nothing lasts forever, remember that some things do last- the things that matter.



“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want’

– Lao Tzu

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