Going to a country where you’ve never been before, don’t speak the language, and with people you don’t know very well can be quite intimidating. This was my situation before studying abroad in Berlin during spring break and even though I was very excited, I must admit I was also a bit nervous. I was unsure of what to expect because I had never been anywhere else besides Peru (which is where I’m originally from), but despite the circumstances, I remained open-minded and looked forward to going on this once in a lifetime trip.
After spending a week in Berlin, I can honestly say I came back with a new perspective of Germany and the rest of the world. I believe that once you travel across the world and experience a completely different environment, people, and culture, you are bound to, in some way or another, view things a little differently. In my case, what caused this new perspective is how much learning I did; not only did this happen inside the classroom, but a lot of it also occurred outside of it. I am grateful to have been able to learn so much about numerous topics such as World War II, East and West Germany, and how Germany has gone from being the aftermath of war and conflict to becoming one of the top leading countries in the world. When I thought of Germany, I used to think of it as the country which started WWII, but now I think of it as a country with so much history and which has gone through a whole lot of pain and suffering. Nonetheless, I also think of it as a country which has been able to learn from its mistakes, ensure its history doesn’t repeat itself, and has worked very hard to become the country it is today.
Studying abroad in Germany has been one of the best experiences in my life and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it. This trip has also sparked me to want to travel more in the future. I am truly interested in returning to Europe in the near future and gain many more new perspectives of the world.