Americans in Germany: A Hoosier finds a new Heimat


I never pictured myself living in Germany. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, and I had assumed I would be like everyone else and find a job near home, deemed to be a forever Hoosier but that all very quickly changed with a simple "yes." I was working as a riding instructor at an equestrian center in May 2013 when one of my clients asked me if I would be interested in working in Germany. Assuming that she was not asking me a question that would completely change my life, I said, "yes" and two months later I landed in Germany with my life packed away in two suitcases.

One might say I moved here quite naively. I knew no one, I could barely speak the language, let alone understand what anyone was saying, and I had never moved away from home. All odds were against me and no one expected me to last longer than three months; however, as I sit here and write this--two years, four months and some days later--I can proudly say that I proved everyone (including myself) wrong. I am now fluent in German, have many friends, a "German family," and a wonderful boyfriend. I am close to finishing an apprenticeship to become a professional Dressage horse trainer/rider, and I have successfully built a life for myself here. I followed a dream and made it become my reality.  But the greatest part of life is that it is and does not have to be a constant. And now I have a new dream, which is why I am happy to now be a part of Eight Hours and Change.

I received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in Anthropology with minors in Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Organization. Because of my experience living abroad, I have decided to pursue a Master's Degree, possibly in the International Business Management field but that is yet to be determined. With the help from Eight Hours and Change, I will be receiving advice on what Master programs I am able to apply for, how the application process works, and help and support until acceptance. Without Eight Hours and Change, this process would be difficult, I could make many mistakes or become easily discouraged, but with their help and a bit of motivation, I know that I will find the right degree program for me.

It has not always been easy being an expatriate in Germany. I have had to start from the beginning to learn a new language, culture, people, and country,  but I honestly would not trade that for anything.

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.