Hallo aus Deutschland!
One of my favorite things about Exeter are the opportunities for immersive, global learning experiences. One of the requirements for Exeter students is to take a foreign language through the third year level. While some stop after that point, many, like myself, continue. What lures many of us to continue to the fourth year level and above are the many abroad opportunities where you can experience the language, and its culture, first-hand.
I’m writing this post from my room in Göttingen, Germany. From my desk, I can see woods, the crazy-environmentally friendly German houses, and, to my excitement, no snow. I’ve been in Germany for two weeks, and I’m loving my time here. I’m attending classes at a local high school and understanding much more than I thought. But my experience isn’t confined to the classroom. Thanks to my delightful host-family, I’ve already been to two castles, an old-medieval city, and watched many German-movies. I’ve experienced the cliche café culture and the efficiency of Deutsche Bahn, the local train system.
The next seven weeks in Germany are even more promising. Between my host-family and through Exeter, there are trips planned to Weimar, Berlin, and skiing in the Austrian Alps.
When I wake-up, I’m grateful to be here, living in a (less-gruesome) German-fairytale. I’m thankful that Exeter gives their students opportunities like this, to live abroad and put their classroom-knowledge of a language into action. Besides giving me a deeper understanding of German culture, being abroad has allowed me to begin reflecting on my Exeter experience and made me more excited for senior spring.
As the Germans say–tschüßi!