or: Erasmology - The science of examining the Erasmus-program from a socio-psychological point of view
Welcome to my blog!
As complicated as this 'science' might sound, the purpose of this blog can be easily explained when you get to know me, the 'Erasmologist', just a little: My name is Anna, I study sociology, psychology and German literature in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Three weeks ago I arrived in Budapest, Hungary, for my first and only Erasmus semester at the Eötvös Loránd University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem). For my very practical course titled "Blogging: 21st century journalism", I will write a blog and update it at least once a week for the length of this spring semester. This is the topic I chose: My very own reality and my knowledge from the three years I have so far studied social sciences and psychology - combined in a (hopefully) interesting and maybe even amusing way.
Just yet another Erasmus-blog?
Definitely not! This blog will not tell my relatives that I'm still alive and figured out how to buy a decent loaf of bread in a Hungarian supermarket (I'm still working on that, though... ); nor will I bore you with the best sights I visited and parties I attended. Instead, I will try to dig into the field that conveniently surrounds me daily: this 'Erasmus-Crowd', the undefined mass of international students inhabiting cities all over Europe. Are they having the time of their lives or just increasing their liver's volume very effectively? What impact does the 'Erasmus-experience' have on them and their life narratives?
These questions will be the common thread in this blog. Naturally it is difficult to foresee at this early stage, how I will write about the various sub-topics enlaced with the Erasmus-program. It is yet to be revealed, how valuable my study on and thoughts about this will be. I might even try to come up with some statistics and background information, but the main goal is to reflect on my experiences and talk to the objects of interest: the Erasmus students from all over the continent.
Unfortunately I have to restrict your expectations right here and now: I won't pretend to do academically qualified research. I've just invented the scholarship of Erasmology. And of course, my sample is reduced to the Erasmus students that I meet here, in Budapest. Or to put it in the bla-bla-language: The generalizability of my findings is limited in several respects. Anyhow, I hope that this blog will be of interest to you!
Now I hope you have a very good start into the next week. Please feel warmly welcome to comment on and discuss any of my posts and follow my blog!