As the final days until graduation become closer and closer I am just reminded that the countdown for when I leave for Germany also become closer. I am excited but very nervous to study abroad in Germany. One aspect of this study abroad experience that I am most nervous about is staying with a host. I think I am most nervous about this experience because when I have study abroad before I have always stayed with my cohort. I'm hoping that this experience will take me out of my comfort zone and allow me to experience something that I never have before.
Before traveling, we attend classes that go over traveling procedures and also allows us to explore Germany before we arrive. So far I have learned that the language is not as scary as it looks. If you just take your time and sound everything out exactly how it looks you should be on the right track. I've also learned a lot about different places that we are going to travel to while in Germany. This is what I am most excited about. I think that the best part of traveling is being able to visit the places you see in pictures and actually experience what it will be like to be in the moment of such beautiful places. I have also been able to learn about the differences between how we live in the United States compared to how some people live in Germany. I think it will be eye opening and fun to immerse myself into the Germany culture.
I am also very excited to conduct my research while in Germany. My research will be on what literacy programs are being used in the schools and how they are similar or different to the literacy programs that are used in the United States. While doing some prior research I found a study that says that there is a significant decrease in motivation to read between the ages of 4th grade and the age of 15 years old.
So come along and follow me on this adventure.