Has your participation in the program affected what you want to do as a career or what you want to study?This program was definitely very rewarding career-wise: the visit to the Canadian Embassy provided us with useful information on the study opportunities available to students from Canada. Personally, this course allowed me see the importance of chemical development in Germany. I hope to be able in the future to work for a company that combines my chemistry studies with my knowledge of the German language and people.
For my current studies, this course proved useful right away: I find it easy to do well in my Weimar Culture course and other similar ones as a direct result of getting to know Berlin in person, not from books.What were the biggest challenges you faced?
My biggest challenge was to go out of my comfort zone, in a new environment, where I don’t speak the language well yet and make friends by myself with the bartenders in cafes, with museum curators, with tour guides and so on. It took a bit of an effort, but it was completely worth it!
What did you find most rewarding about participating in this program?
The most rewarding thing about this program is what I call ‘personal enrichment’. I explored a marvelous city and an original culture and I learned how to deal with new life situations. I don’t exaggerate when I say that it changed my life.
What advice would you give to a student thinking about participating in this program next year?
Be open-minded, try to leave your preconceptions at home and blend with the place! You’ll have a much easier time adapting and will be able to focus on exploring the world before your eyes. In case you had any doubts, you’re in for the experience of your university life!