Success StoriesElen Mkrtchyan

Elen Mkrtchyan shares her success story about the study trip to Sapienza university of Rome, Italy 
1. What was the brightest memory from study abroad experience you had?
It is difficult to outline one specific good memory. All of them are bright and unforgettable. Even the obstacles you have to overcome are going to become good memories. However, I specifically remember the day when I and my fellow exchange students were lost in the city and how people in the train station helped us to get back. This is when I realized that no language barrier can stop you from communication. 
2. What was your biggest challenge/difficulty during the mobility?
As they say the beginning is the most difficult part of the journey. It may seem that there are way too many things you have to take care of. You have to find an accommodation, deal with the documents, and understand how to “survive” in a big city. But as the time goes you get used to everything.
3. Name 3 main skills you acquired in the result of the mobility.
The first and the most important skill I have acquired is the ability to adjust. I also learned how to deal with many difficulties, so that’s problem solving skill. And finally I learned how to keep perseverance.
4. What is one thing you love most about RAU and what would you like to improve? 
While experiencing a completely different system of education you can clearly see the advantages of your home University. In the case of RAU it is the availability of the material. It is much easier to find the necessary books and lectures to study for the exams. However, the European educational system is much more flexible. You are given the opportunity to organize your timetable, the dates of your exams and most importantly it is up to you what courses you will or will not take. 
5. What would you recommend to the prospective mobility participants going abroad?
Dear future participants,
You are going to have a lot of questions. Don’t be shy to ask them. Try to see as many places as you can, explore the city. Studying abroad is a big step out of your comfort zone, be ready to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Look at difficulties as an opportunity for your personal growth.