After months of coordinating with professors and advisers, filing application materials, writing and rewriting scholarship essays, and spending countless hours daydreaming about all the cultural capitals of Europe, I received an email from the ISEP program – I’m going to Germany!
My application was approved by San Diego State and forwarded to the ISEP coordinators, and as of today at 11:41 AM, I have been placed at the university I chose.
The University of Marburg in Hessen, Germany will be my home for a period of about five months beginning this August. I am absolutely ecstatic to begin (continue?) preparations for traveling and studying overseas!
Thinking back on my freshman year of college, when I first declared my minor in international studies, it is almost unfathomable to me that I picked a country, studied its culture, decided to conduct research there, and waited for months to be able to even apply for fall 2016 placement. Up until now, planning out my junior and senior years academically (okay, maybe even socially) has centered around my tentative acceptance. I couldn’t exactly say I was “going to Germany” in the fall, but instead that I “might be studying in Germany”. The fact that all my efforts are coming to fruition feels surreal and I’ve never been more excited about anything in my entire life (sorry, Jamison, Calia, and Chelssa, y’all are a close second).
Though it may seem as if I’m giving myself most (if not all) of the credit, I wouldn’t have been able to start this journey without the help of several key people. From my parents, who, despite being slightly devastated that I’ll be out of the country and missing a few holidays and birthdays, never told me “no” or that my goals were too premature or lofty, to friends and family who seemed to believe in me even more than I believed in myself at times, to some incredible professors and faculty (namely Dr. Zhong, head of the international studies program, Señora Lopez, my Spanish teacher, and Katie Palumbo, my study abroad adviser); my gratitude is beyond words.
The next steps will include searching for flights, mapping out my travels, and investing in some winter clothing.
Germany, I’m comin’ for ya!