Imagine: It’s early in the morning, everybody else is sleeping and you wake up, still a little bit tired and exhausted because of the long train journey you had to take the other day in order to arrive to Pesaro. Nevertheless, you continue walking through your new flat, realizing that you are, in fact, around 800 kilometers away from what you used to call home during the past 18 years; you are heading towards the balcony, the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air, a refreshing breeze as well as the warming and very comfortable heat of the morning sun touching your skin, tickling, as soon as you step outside. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well, this scenario isn’t a fictional story I’ve read in some book, or something I just imagined, but it’s the simple reality of a normal day (of course with some variations).
I think it’s fascinating how quickly your life can be turned inside out. It’s fascinating how rapidly it can change just by taking one decision: A completely new environment, new cultures, new friends, a new language (or maybe even more, given the fact that I share houses with five other girls from all over Europe) and eventually even a new home – Pesaro.
However, maybe I should introduce myself at some point, so here we go: Hi, I’m Aylin, an 18 year-old girl from Sigmaringen, a small town in the south of Germany (which is definitely worth a visit, we have a pretty nice castle!) and I decided to take a gap year and do an EVS.
If you had asked me just a few months ago what I was about to do after the Abitur (final exams in Germany, similar to A-levels), I wouldn’t have been able to answer you this question. In Germany, young people have so many different opportunities once they finish high-school, seemingly endless paths they can pursue, so choosing one that fits me is quite hard. I always wanted to study at university, however, I never found out what exactly. With high school ending, I was still wondering: “What am I going to do with my life? Should I spend a year at home, working? Should I start studying something I might not enjoy? Or should I do a volunteering service in my city?”
Luckily, I did neither and decided to do an EVS abroad, instead. Why stay in the town you’ve been living at for your entire life, when you can broaden your horizon and learn a lot by doing almost exactly the same but abroad? The idea of the EVS Vicolocorto offered, seemed like the perfect solution to my struggle. Although I have only been here for two weeks, I can already feel that taking the decision to take a gap year, the decision to take a break from the usual, the pressure and the constant uncertainty of not knowing what to do, was the right thing to do. I already feel that, here in Pesaro, I will be able to discover more about myself and maybe by the end of the ten months I will finally have an answer to the unanswered questions which have been swirling around in my head for a long while now.
For now, nonetheless, there are far more important things to do than to worry about the future. As cheesy as it might sound, the best way to enjoy life is by: Seizing the day (Carpe diem!), living in the moment and, of course, by taking advantage of the delicious Italian coffee whenever possible (Yes, I definitely mean every day!).
I’m pretty sure that the next nine and a half months are going to be as amazing and unforgettable as the two weeks I’ve already been here!