Whenever I tell somebody that I’m moving abroad, they always ask me the five W’s; who, what, when, where and why. I'll give my interrogator the spiel and they'll "oooh" and "ahhh" at all the right moments, but more often than not when I explain the "where" portion is Germany, I get a lot of "Wait, what the fuck?" type of reactions. After eight months of having the same conversation with people, I've come to the conclusion that while I think that moving to Germany is an obvious choice, other people may not understand the idea at all. So, I thought today I could explain why I chose Germany...
The entire motivation behind upheaving my life and moving a billion miles away - education! Not only are the educational standards within Germany higher than most places worldwide, it is also much more affordable (if not free!) to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.
Continuing on the education point I made previously; not only is the quality of education that I’ll be receiving of a higher standard, but also the method of education is worth noting. The program I’ll be studying is a hands-on based program, so I’ll be learning the necessary skills right from the get-go and not spending my time in lecture halls or writing book reports.
Central location. Berlin, Germany is smack-dab in the middle of Europe. Which means, I’ll have easy access to all the touristy hotspots that I could ever dream of.
Networking. Berlin is an ever-changing city, but right now they have a huge start-up scene. I’ll have access to more collaborative opportunities with people who are on the same brainwave as me.
Being a nobody. This may seem kind of strange for some people, but I’m really excited for nobody to know who I am. I come from a pretty small town, mostly everybody knows everyone else and because of that, everyone already kind of has these preconceived judgments about the people around them just because people talk. It’ll be really refreshing to be a nobody and have a fresh start.
While this is a fairly concise list, you get the gist. Right? When I decided to change the course of my life back in January, I knew I had to do it in a big way and Germany seemed big enough for me to do just that.