My name is Sofia and I have been living in Iasi for 5 years. I didn’t have a choice to come here and I just wanted to leave home, so this was only my option and I decided to come here. My life in Iasi is good, it took me a while to get used to Iasi, to being far from home, to the new culture, to the people and to the food. Now that I’ve spent more time here I can see that our cultures are similar in some aspects but in others I see that you are actually better in terms of civilization, but I will never get used to the food. 


I joined ESN in october 2018, almost 2 years ago. During the first semester I was not a very active volunteer, but in the second semester I became more active because I met more of the volunteers and we became friends. It has been one of  the best decisions that I’ve made. 


My first impression was magical, because I didn’t know I could make so many friends, because I only had a few close friends. And it was hard to connect with people. Here, I found a whole group of people with whom I could bond. 


I have good memories and stories. I mostly enjoyed the team-building that we had last year and the flag party. I have really good memories. People who want to join ESN have nothing to lose, they have everything to win!


I feel like I have improved myself during this time, mostly in a mental way and as a person.  Also, thanks to the Erasmus students that I have encountered I’ve grown. I still keep in touch with some of them. It’s always nostalgic when we talk to each other because we were very close. It felt like I had an Erasmus with them even though I was home. We were always together and it  was really good.