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c_hawkthorne  ·  87 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 13, 2021

Idk if y'all remember a whole six days ago but there was a bit of a coup attempt in these beautiful United States. Good times were had by all as I understand it. Well that was a bit of a motivator for me to get the fuck out. I've been talking with veen and Devac for a while about EuroPubHealth which is run by Erasmus, some fancy European agreement about studying and education and stuff. At some point I had started the application but hadn't finished since I wasn't sure I wanted to fully apply this year. Moving alone is stressful. Moving to another continent with no social base in the middle of a pandemic to begin studying is monumental. Plus saving money is great. I haven't done research I'm not sure how working abroad on a student visa works. Or how employable I'll be with little to no knowledge of the language. So I'll have a lot of games to play. But also getting the fuck out sounds nice right about now. So I finished that application. I'm damn near done another one. Which leaves just two more to go on my year of reach schools and seeing what sticks. The two completed applications both said they'll be back with a decision by March. It's going to be a fun (read: stressful for some reason because it was a last-minute decision to apply) waiting game to play.

Also since it's all reach schools and I'm not expecting to get in anywhere and wholly unprepared y'all are the only ones that know so feel extra special.

Beyond that nothing exciting. Covid still exists. Cases still rolling in. Continuing to function at my job at whatever low level I manage. Continuing to convince people I'm better than I am and know more than I do thanks to my ability to research effectively. It's a wild time.

goobster  ·  87 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Leaving America is surprisingly easy. It will SEEM hard, and stressful, and you'll be panicked, and you will panic and bring FAR too many things - and many stupid things - and then you'll get there, and ... shit will just work out.

Turns out Europeans are REALLY nice. Everywhere. Especially if you aren't a tourist, but someone who has come to live there. They want to make sure that you have the absolute best experience.

Six months will pass in a blink. You will not believe the STUPID things you brought with you, nor will you believe how incredibly easy and efficient it is to live in the EU.

Champion decision. I hope they see you as valuable, and offer you the position(s).

lil  ·  87 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congratulations for your willingness to let go of what is in order to unite with an unknown and unknowable future. Bravo!