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Summer in Berlin

by Nicole May

I love traveling.

Knowing you want to go away is the easy part. But how do you choose just one city? There are so many cool places around the world, it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one. After much contemplation and many conversations I finally decided on Berlin, Germany.

I’ve traveled to Germany before and Berlin has always been on my to do list, but I haven’t been able to make it there yet (but I will this summer!). Berlin has an incredible history, but from what I’ve read and heard it also has an urban vibe and culture unmatched by any other city.

The classes I’m taking are perfect for my major – political science. Humboldt University in Berlin offers a class on the history of the Berlin Wall and the second class covers the politics, function and inner workings of the European Union.

I chose Berlin as opposed to Munich and other smaller cities because I’ve been to southern Germany before, but I’ve never been to northern Germany and I’ve heard that each region of the country has its own unique culture. The history of Berlin drew me in at first, but the other things I’ve heard about it have really gotten me even more excited with my choice. Berlin is thriving with young people, fast-paced and has so much to offer. In the famous words of Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, “Berlin is poor, but sexy.”

In no way whatsoever have I done enough exploring of this amazing world we live in, but with the little travel experience that I do have, it has made me a better, more well-rounded person. By immersing ourselves in foreign worlds, we become better human beings, more sufficiently equipped to tackle this little thing we call life. In today’s highly globalized world, there’s no better way to prepare for the global job market than by traveling the world and exposing yourself to other cultures. I think studying overseas helps students gain a new perspective, one that your university at home just can’t offer.

I think studying abroad is important because it combines the two best things this world has to offer: traveling and learning. And I think it will yield a highly invaluable experience, one that I will never forget. More importantly, I think that studying abroad will have a great impact on anyone who chooses to do so, but the world will also be greatly impacted by those who choose to study abroad.

 

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