AIFS Study Abroad Blog

Summer in Berlin

My first blog post! I’m sort of new to the whole ‘online journal’ thing, but since I will be jet setting to Europe soon, I feel that it is only necessary…especially since I am sure my family’s thoughts will be going a little crazy wondering about what I am up to. So, you’re welcome mom, dad, and Lauren! Sorry in advance, this post will probably be brief, because I am still sitting in Georgetown, Tx, only dreaming of my summer journey.

I will be traveling to Berlin, Germany in July for an experience of a lifetime. There is no one accompanying me from Southwestern to Germany so, although I am very excited, I am also quite nervous. But, why not jump in head first?

I’ve always been interested in the history and culture of Germany, partly because it is so rich, and partly because that is where some of my heritage lies. I have taken courses in the German language in high school (shout out to Dr. Fisher from Mansfield, Tx!) and some in college. At Southwestern, it is required to take 4 semesters of a foreign language, and since I, like many, have had the disadvantage to start late learning a foreign language, I felt that it would be better to learn the language by immersing myself in its birthplace. So, what I am trying to say is that I will be taking a course in the German language to fulfill a required credit. I will also be taking a course on religion and culture in Berlin. I am a religion major so I selected this course thinking it could fulfill a credit towards my major, but it actually turned out that I didn’t need it, so I decided to use it towards a communications minor with hopes of going somewhere in International Relations in the future (grad school or occupational). Unfortunately, I will only be spending 4 weeks in Germany so I plan to experience a lot while I am there. Hopefully I will be given the opportunity to go back for a longer period of time in the future.

In the meantime, I will plan to gain experience, new friendships, great memories, and an acquired taste for bratwurst from my trip. We’ll see how it goes!


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