A bit more then a year ago I started my new adventure in Wales.

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My name is Kelly and I am from Estonia and I study Forensic Science in USW. Since I was a kid I always wanted to go abroad to study and since the degree I wanted to study wasn't in Estonia even existing then I thought that it was a sign for me to actually go abroad to study.

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About 2 years ago I started with my progress to first get all the documents that were needed, second choose five universities I would like to go and third start writing personal letter to the university. It took me a long time to write the letter and with a help of a friend I managed to do it.

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I was conditionally accepted to all the universities so I had to choose one that was my first choice and a second one that was my back-up plan if I didn't get into the first one. I chose University of South Wales since well it had the lowest cost and more private and not in the city.

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One thing that happened when I was in high school and on my way to get in the university was that I fell in love. I didn't plan of it to happen since I was leaving the country for a year and being in a relationship in a long distance does not have good odds but it happened out of the blue and I couldn't be more happier to have this person in my life.

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On the 6th of September 2017 I said my goodbyes and went on a plane alone for the first time in my life. I also had a really bad cold so that sucked majorly. I had a transfer in Amsterdam that took me a bit more than 7 hours so it was a long time to discover the new airport alone and sick.

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When I got to Cardiff or in the UK for the first time in my life, it looked a lot like the United Kingdom from the movies I have seen. A lot of fields, mountains and houses next to each other and rocks.

From the University a Taxi was supposed to be waiting for me but no one was there. I was all alone in a new country and had no idea what to do but after about 30 min a guy came and apologised for being late. I got in the car and I was taking to this small town called Pontypridd where I was living for my first year in the university.

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I have posted about my first month as a an international student, it has a bit more detailed how I survived the first month I was in the dorms and a Trip to IKEA.

The dorm room was a nice private one with my own bathroom. The kitchen was the only room that we shared. In one i guess apartment we had about 7 flats and in every flat there was a kitchen and 6 rooms. The first about week I was alone in the entire building and I really enjoyed the quietness. When other moved in 2 guys from the UK, and a 2 girls from UK and a guy from Gibraltar then it became interesting. In one flat we had 3 girls and 3 guys. One girls moved out a about few months since she was loud and most of the time drunk when no one could actually handle her so she left.

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There was also this one flatmate that I swear was like a nightmare. Everything you said to him insulted him and after he came back from partying he basically crashed the entire kitchen and later cleaned it up and said that he is the only one who cleanse the kitchen. Also he stole my chicken from the fridge that he never admitted.

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But on the other hand my flatmate from Gibraltar was one of the person that I just got along the best. We just understood each other and got the humor that others didn't get and also superheroes.

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From my lectures I made a nice friend from Cyprus and she is obsessed with cats but she is one of the funniest persons I know.
From though friends that I never really stayed friends I met a girl who is from Czech Republic and now my house mate in my second year.

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The most surprised me was that there was a club down the hill from the dorms and in the student union. I have never seen such a thing in Estonia so that really surprised me.

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Right before Christmas break there were a lot of Quizes and ICT- in class tests. So I had one in math and 2 different ones in chemistry.

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For Christmas I went back home for 3 weeks. When I went through Cardiff airport my flight was supposed to take off 6 in the morning so I had to take the latest train to the airport that arrived a bit before the midnight so I was about 6 hours waiting for my flight in the airport.

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After I got back from Christmas break I couldn't deal with the guy anymore so I moved flats. There was living another Estonian so through him I moved in there. I didn't really associate myself with other people in that flat so to this day I have no idea who they really were.

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The period between Christmas and Spring break was just easy going and not a lot of stress. For Spring break I went back home and one week of being home I went to Fuerteventura with my family.

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After the Spring break things got a bit more serious. I had 3 exams in May so I had to learn a lot. I had one in biology and two in chemistry. I am still surprised how I managed to pass all my exams when all year I just slept through most of my classes and in half of them I didn't even went.

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And for Summer I went back home to my boyfriend and family until my second year :)

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Being in a long distance relationship was and is hard but in my opinion if you know they are the one then it is worth it and more. And for me, I can see an entire future with my boyfriend and the distance has only made our relationship stronger than it has been.

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