First Thoughts

The thought of studying abroad has always appealed to me. I was thrilled when I discovered that the engineering department had a number of trips I could go on. Spending six weeks in Germany sounded too good of an offer to pass up. I hope to get the other students better and to engage in German culture. I hope to contribute another adventrous personality to the group. My prayer for this trip is to have a once in a lifetime experience with some fun people.

Almost Time to Go

I have two reasons that I decided to go on this trip. My first reason was that I saw this trip as a once in a lifetime experience to be able to visit Europe, specifically Germany, for a longer period of time and be able to really see and feel the difference between American culture and the German culture. My second reason was so that I could get to know more of the engineering students at Calvin and hopefully build good relationships with them. I hope that I get to experience a lot of German culture while I’m there and that I do well in the class. I believe that I can be contribute to this trip through helping other students learn the material. I also pray that we can all remain safe as we are traveling abroad and that we become a closer knit group of students.


I have never gone to Europe. Stuck on this side of the Atlantic, I yearn for new experiences from other cultures. This presents the perfect opportunity. For six weeks I will see, taste, and hear Germany. Hopefully, the whole class will grow close on this trip, and stay close after we return. Unlike Drake says, new friends are indeed a good thing. On this trip I can contribute my five years of German education to helping myself and my friends feel more comfortable and excited about being in a completely new place. I pray that on this program, we all grow in our knowledge of the German language and culture, and all thoroughly enjoy our stay.

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