It has been about one month since my last post. In my last post I talked about my trip to Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome. Since then, I feel like so much has changed in the past month. Two weeks ago I received my letter that I wrote at the Study Abroad orientation last spring. As I read my letter I honestly had to laugh at myself a little bit, if anyone knew me last year at Stout, you would know how crazy busy and stressed out I was. The combination of my job, classes, homework and projects, clubs, and applying for my year abroad left me running on not enough sleep and forced me to plan out my day down to every 15 min. The day I wrote that letter was one I can remember so clearly. I was so stressed out, I had two projects to finish, I had to pack for a trip for my club, and I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep that night. My letter started off with me writing “So I cried twice today…” and went on to list the things I had yet to do that day. I had wanted to go vote that day, but no matter what I did I couldn’t fit it into my schedule I just didn’t have the time. I had a meeting with my boss and instead of having my meeting she called me and asked if I wanted to just go and vote instead, that was one of the reasons why I cried that day, I was so happy. To be honest I don’t know the second reason I cried but that doesn’t matter, the point I’m trying to get to is that since I wrote this letter my life has changed so drastically since then.
I made goals for myself to try new things and get out of my comfort zone, to travel as much as I possibly can, and to go with the flow and not stress. That is exactly what I have been doing since I got here, the list of new things I have learned and tried goes on and on. I am no longer as stressed as I was then and I didn’t have a job up until a few weeks ago. I thought I wasn’t able to work with my visa. Apparently I can but it has limitations. Over the past 7 months my life has changed in so many ways. I have made friends from all over the globe, I’ve tried different foods from all over the world, and stepped out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned so many new things over this past semester. I have become aware of so many other cultures and ways of life.
Since I’ve been here, I have noticed how the rest of the world is always aware of the United States, sometimes even more so than the people who live there. When I was living in the states, I was never really very aware of the world outside of it, but that has changed. I have become more aware of things going on in the world and other countries.
My friends from last semester have all gone home now and only a handful of us are staying for a year. For the past month, we have been getting to know the new group of exchange students and preparing for the start of our summer semester this week. I’m excited to see what the new semester brings and to spend the summer here in Germany. I have many travel plans in the next few months!
Summer in Darmstadt, Germany
Karneval – Mainz, Germany
Saying goodbye to Sam before she went back home to the states. I am so glad I got to know her over the past 6 months and I can’t wait to see here again at the end of the summer.
With the start of the second semester coming up this week, the 3 week intensive German language course has ended. Our small class decided to get our teacher a gift to say thank you for teaching us so much in such a short amount of time.