Maya Xian HewittName: Maya
Erasmus year: 2016-17
Destination: University of Strasbourg, France

Erasmus+ is about finding yourself. It taught me to look after myself in a way I never knew I needed to, to rely on the comfort of my friends, even with language barriers. Erasmus+ is about seizing the day and learning lessons we didn't know we needed to learn. Erasmus+ taught me to love myself and recognise my own abilities; whether they're personal, professional or academic. I can't say that I'm a better student. But I do know that I am a stronger woman and I love myself a lot more than I ever did, which is more than a woman in her early 20s could ever need to learn to do. Thank you Erasmus+.

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