Arriving in a New Country
Moving to a new country is a cause for anxiety for many, whether its for a job/new school.For me it was a combination of 100 different emotions, being felt at once.Luckily on the waiting bay i found a fellow mate(Derrick) who happened to be going to the same flight,same university and same course altogether.Phewx!!
Be radicaly open-minded by critically analysing your ego and blind-spots as they will surely stand in your way of success.
I came to Budapest not having any family in Hungary.I chose a city where i could be around different people and cultures without staying in my bubble of comfort.But as the saying goes ,you will find a Kenyan at every corner of the world.I found friends already at my uni who made my moving in easier.Soon i started to meet other international students whom i could connect with.I even happened to live with the very close ones in my second year.But not everyone has that experience.Some people feel isolated in the space they're in,that they choose to leave.
Coming from a community where you have people around you at all times ,to a space where you're alone 90% of the day can be daunting.The mental weight of starting over again in a new country was immense,no Dad and Mom to come to my rescue.I soon came to the realisation that a ship is safe at shore but that's not what it's built for.Moving to a new country is great.You experience so much ,learn so many cultures and thats great.But it always feels like a part of you has been left behind.
Being away from home felt like being underwater .You can only hold your breath for so long.You realise, there is nothing more refreshing than the fresh rush of air filling your lungs.No matter how fast your legs can kick under water, how your skin tingles at the sensation of life under the blue, your body was made for land, and there's no greater feeling than planting your feet on solid ground.
And thats what home is.Solid Ground.
Remember i mentioned that Kenyans are found at every corner of the world?, well, i eventually met Kenyans(Students + workers)through the AKESH student community where we felt alittle bit of home whilst away from it.The association created a space where people could laugh and relate to each other.