Lass uns wandern – “Let’s wander.” This phrase really speaks to my adventurous, independent spirit. The thought of traveling and experiencing all that different places and cultures hold has great appeal to me.
Now knowing all this, would you be surprised if I said I’ve never been out of the United States? Much to my own disappointment this is true. I may have a passport, but I have never used it.
This past spring I decided it was time to change that. I didn’t want to simply take a vacation somewhere though. Instead I wanted the opportunity to experience a new culture while gaining valuable life experience and education. As I was exploring my options, I came across the organization American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS). Immediately their one program caught my eye: a semester abroad in Germany! Seeing this program brought back memories of going through my Dad’s pictures from when he visited Germany and thinking, “Someday I want to visit Germany!” Now that forgotten dream had an opportunity to be fulfilled. Not only would I finally be able to use my passport, but I would also be able to experience a new culture from both an educational perspective and day-to-day living.
So finally after a long application process and a lot of praying for a partial scholarship that I did receive, I am excited to say that I will be going to Germany next year! From February-May 2018, I will be studying at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. I’m excited for the opportunity to learn from the perspective of a different culture. Plus, I will have the opportunity to visit other European cities and learn about their history and culture!
As a Human Services major looking toward a degree that very much involves working with people from various cultures, it is important to me to be able to better understand various cultures and their views. What better way to do so than by visiting other cultures?
So now that you have read this long-winded update on my life, may I ask you a question? Would you consider partnering with me while I am studying in Germany? This could be financially or prayerfully. While, yes, I have received a scholarship I still have some expenses that need covering. You can checkout more details here. As for praying for me, please pray that I am bold in my faith. While this isn’t a missions trip, I do hope to have opportunities to share my faith with those I come in contact with. Pray also for me as I adjust to life in Germany and all that comes with being in a new place and culture.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you all in the next several months!