Hey all! Since many of you have been asking what I am doing these days, and what my future plans are, I have decided to write a blog entry clearing everything up!
So I just spent 4 months (End of June-Mid October) living in Córdoba, Argentina learning Spanish and interning for a great company. I had probably the best experience of my life there, and met so many great people. I really love how the Argentinians live and are so open and welcoming!
I know this internship was required for my studies, and the initial plan was to return to Berlin to continue my studies, I had a realization while abroad. I realized that I don’t want to continue studying in the German language. Although my German is pretty much fluent, I still struggle when it comes to writing and grammar. Studying in German is possible for me, but it is difficult, and I don’t see why I should have to make myself work extra hard when I could study in my native language. Sure, I should have realized that before I decided to study in German, but I didn’t expect it to be so difficult. I am also more than disappointed with my university here, and their lack of support and organizational skills, but that is another argument.
So I have decided to transfer universities. I am not exactly sure yet where I will pick up my studies, but I am currently applying. Since I study tourism and it is a specialized subject, it is only offered at smaller private universities, meaning starting once a year (in the northern hemisphere’s autumn!) That leaves me about 10 or 11 months of “free” time.
I am currently in Berlin, getting ready to move out. It is sad, but at this time there are no possibilities for me here. I am ending contracts, looking for someone to take over my lease, etc. Soon I will return to California to spend some time with my family and friends, and help my dad out with working! I am very much looking forward to it! I am also working doing some translations for a friends company (www.learnboost.com). And doing work for the company (www.startspanish.com) that I interned for in Argentina (more on that later!).
My next BIG step, is moving back to Argentina in February!! Like I said before, I had the most amazing time, and dream of going back and continuing my life where I left off. I also need to continue improving my Spanish skills as I have not reached the level I would like to be at! I have also been offered a great job that I can’t resist! Córdoba, Argentina is where I want to be at this point in my life and summer in February will also be a nice change too ;). But don’t worry, I do plan to finish my studies and get my bachelor’s degree, I just don’t see why I need to rush through my studies, this economy is horrible anyways. Whoever started the standard that “getting a degree by age 22 is necessary” is crazy. Look at me, I am trilingual (working on language 4 and 5 too ;)), living all around the world and making friends, networking and having REAL LIFE work experience! This is a life experience that going to class in a classroom can’t give me! Overall, I am happy enjoying the moment and looking forward to the future too!
Thanks for reading and I hope this entry has answered your questions!
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