Another chapter in life completed

Wow. Here I am. Close to the end of the probably best semester I’ve ever had. I can still remember the day when I got the E-mail: ‘You are accepted at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.’. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start this wonderful, adventurous, and new chapter in my life. There was so much to do: applying for my VISA, booking the flight, applying for my housing, packing my suitcase, saying goodbye to all my friends and family. And with every step I took, my feelings got more and more confused. I was excited and at the same time scared of what is awaiting me during this semester.

Now five months are over and I can just wonder where all the time has gone. I can say I enjoyed every second and I am glad that I dare to study abroad. I met a lot of wonderful people I am really thankful for everything they did to me. And I, for sure, met some friends for life. But it’s not only the people who made my time in the USA as amazing as it was. Living alone in a country where you’re a total stranger, where you’re not fluent in the spoken language, where you’re far away from everybody you love, can be scary sometimes. And of course, I had moments when I thought what am I doing here? How should I handle all this? But I made it.

Every challenge, every difficulty, every chance I had to face helped me growing. I am for sure a different person now than I was before I started my journey. But I like it. I am older and -even if it sounds funny out of the mouth of a 20 year old girl- a little wiser. I learned so much about a different culture, about different people, about myself. If I had the chance to turn back time, I would go back to the daythis adventure started and do everything just the same. I am thankful for getting the chance to make this amazing experience and I encourage everybody who gets the chance to take it! You won’t regret it.

Thanks to the USA, thanks to the best roommate, thanks to everyone I met for giving me a second home.

Can’t wait to come back soon. ♥

Adventurous USA..

Last weekend, I was trapshooting. For me, it was something totally new and special as it is not possible in Germany to shoot any kind of gun so “easily”. Unless you do it illegally but I rather prefer to NOT break the law! 😀

Therefore, it was one of the “must-do” things for me during this semester. And then, last weekend, the day has finally arrived. I was so excited. My head was filled with questions since the day before. Would I dare to do it? Would I be able to handle it? Would it be fun for me?…And now I have the answer: YES!

Really, it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life so far! I had a lot of respect and I was a little nervous but I made it. And I enjoyed it. Not only the ambition and the fun to try to hit this little clay targets but also to hold the responsibility for such a dangerous weapon. It is a huge difference between thinking about holding a gun or really doing it. I cannot remember the last time I was so focused to do everything correct. Not even in any of my exams… 😛

I’m so glad and happy that I have the chance to do so many new and exciting things and to experience so much over here. And I can’t wait for what comes next.Right now, I spend the best time of my life and I enjoy every minute of it. Thanks to everybody who’s involved and also to the ones who encouraged me to go abroad! I will never regret this decision… 🙂