Americans in Germany: Looking Back and Forward

Megan contemplating life at lunch with her Mom in Otterndorf

Megan contemplating life at lunch with her Mom in Otterndorf

As I sit here, trying to write my monthly blog, I can't seem to concentrate. I find my mind wandering to what I have to accomplish this week, my Zwischenprüfung coming up next month (a test in the middle of an apprenticeship to see how well you are doing in the program and what points you need to improve on), enrolling in a Master’s program, taking my final exam for my apprenticeship (Abschlussprüfung) and many other terrifyingly exciting life changing decisions that will all come about this year.

I can't believe it's already February! Wo ist die Zeit geblieben?! (“Where has the time gone?"). I think this is one of my favorite phrases in German because when literally translated, it means “where has the time stayed.” This is a powerful sentence to me because our time stays in our memories, and I've had some wonderful memories in Gemany.

Megan and her friend Natalie in Hamburg

Megan and her friend Natalie in Hamburg

When I recently filled out a questionnaire for Eight Hours and Change on my interests, where and what I would like to study, my G.P.A., etc., the floodgates of my memories opened. I find myself filled with excitement on what will come, especially when I remember how it felt to apply to colleges when I was still in high school. I remember the feeling of opening the acceptance letters and picturing how my life would change once I became a college student. I picture myself as a college student sitting in my old Rav-4 with my best friend Natalie, driving absentmindedly nowhere and talking about our aspirations, having deep talks about the future, and contemplating what the next step would be after my college career. And as I sit here today, I cannot help but be reminded of how much I have to be thankful for and how much I have to look forward to.

Megan will be writing every month about her experiences preparing to study for her master's degree here in Germany. Check in regularly on the EHC blog to follow her experiences through her university search, the application and admissions process, and her ultimate decision when she picks the university where she'll spend the next few years of her life. If you have any questions for Megan along the way, be sure to leave them in the comments.