My first few days in Berlin have been amazing. There is so much history, I don't think we have enough time to learn everything. I have the role of navigator which is really hard! I honestly thought I would never be able to find my way around Berlin, and in the train stations. By Saturday I was able to figure out what stop we would need to get off. on Sunday I even was able to go with some girls to the zoo and get us to the train station and back to our hotel. I don't think there is just one thing I loved about Berlin, it was a beautiful city! The building were so big and beautiful. I really enjoyed going to see the Berlin Wall. The art work that they display on it now is amazing! It was so powerful and emotional to actually see it. I have read about it in high school, but never actually thought anything of it. To be next to it and imagine what it must of been like to be separated from other people like that was heartbreaking. I can not imagine what life back then must of been like. I am very excited to see what Stuttgart is like. Also, I can not wait to see the school system and meet the students.
I leave tomorrow, I can not believe it has come so fast. I have been mostly stressed about packing, and making sure I have everything I need before I leave tomorrow. Packing is one of the biggest challenges so far, I am trying not to pack to many clothes since I know I can do laundry at my host families house. I am so excited to see what Germany is like, I have looked at pictures but the actual experience will be amazing. I have decided to do a lesson on our flag to the children in the Waldorf school. They only know colors and numbers in English since they are only 6 to 7 year olds. The communication between me and the children is a challenge I am hoping I will overcome. I look forward to getting to know Germany from my host families eyes. I am also very excited to try all the food over there. This is a very exciting trip and I can not wait to finally get to experience what I have been learning about.
I am so excited to be going on this journey to Germany. I am graduating my master in Early Childhood Special Education in just a few weeks. My undergraduate is in Early and Childhood Education birth to grade sixth. I am currently a preschool teacher in a daycare. After graduation, I would like to follow my dream and be a kindergarten teacher.
This opportunity came at the perfect time of my life. I believe everything happens for a reason and this is a perfect example of that. I received the email to apply for this opportunity a week after my grandma passed unexpectedly. I was heartbroken and lost, if you knew my grandma and my relationship you would know we were like best friends. She always pushed me to follow my dreams, and to always reach for the stars. So when I got the email to apply, I felt it was her leading me down a path I was meant to be on. My grandfather was stationed in Germany while he was in the Army. He never talked about it, but we all knew he had been there.
After applying and having an interview, I found out I got into this amazing program. I also found letters from my grandfather to my grandma while he was in Germany, also within my grandma’s possessions she also had a brochure of Germany that my grandfather must have brought back with him. This is how I knew I was doing the right thing.
As I go to classes and learn more about Germany and their culture, it gets me more excited and aware of how different my few weeks will be while I’m there. I have talked to my host family and learned a little about them. I think it’s great that we are with a host family, they will have great insight and be able to show us Germany from their eyes.
I look forward to learning so much more about Germany before I leave as well as when I am fully immersed in the culture.