Introducing the first in a line of ‘Writing home’ blog posts; each featuring a letter from an international student to their younger pre-uni selves.
This letter is written by Jessica Giovanni – Our International Student Ambassador from Indonesia. Jessica is currently a second year student, studying Food and Nutrition BSc.
19 March 2015
Dear seventeen year old me,
I know that you are trying to make a life changing decision about your education right now, well trust me – go with your gut. Don’t ignore your intuition, because it won’t fail you now. Enjoy your time with your parents, and make them happy while you are still living with them in Indonesia.
In two years time, there will be a 6 to 7 hour time difference, 2 continents and 2 oceans between you both.
But let me assure you, it won’t be as scary as it sounds. In fact, you’ll be having the time your life; it’s the start of a big adventure. You will meet different people and experience the most influential moments of your life. You will learn to surround yourself with the kind of people that you aspire to be, and they will inspire you every single day.
Life here is not meant to be easy, but you’re going to get through it. You might get stressed or upset sometimes but try to remember to be grateful for the fantastic opportunity you’ve been given.
Going to university is not just about studying hard and getting a first class honours degree. It is also about experiencing as much as you can, so that someday you can go back and think “I’m glad I did that!”.
Trust me, you will learn more about yourself in the next 2 years than ever before. You will discover that you can find inspiration from anyone, anywhere at anytime.
Oh, and here’s a spoiler, you do end up in Coventry 😉
Keep on dreaming, this is just the beginning. Carpe diem!
Love, Jessica – from 2015
This post was bought to you by Jessica Giovanni – Our International Student Ambassador from Indonesia. Jessica is currently a second year student, studying Food and Nutrition BSc. Jessica is president of Coventry University’s Indonesian Society.