June 18, 2015
My name is Isabell and I am the new intern in the language department.
I am originally from a city close to Stuttgart where I grew up and went to school.
My interest in different languages and cultures emerged right at the very beginning of my academic career when I decided to learn English, French and Italian.
After graduating from high school, I packed my bags and moved to Australia for work and travel. It was an unbelievable experience that ultimately convinced me to choose a field of study that embraces my interest in different cultures.
I therefore started studying International Cultural and Business Studies in Passau, a town in Bavaria close to the border of Austria. This interdisciplinary field of study enabled me to improve my language skills and broaden my cultural horizon.
Through my studies, I was confronted with different cultures and travel stories every day. I started feeling ‘Sehnsucht’, so my fondness for travel picked up steam again and I came to travel a lot!
Since I studied Italian in high school and continued studying it at university, I decided to spend a semester abroad in Florence to test my language skills. I really enjoyed being there and taking part in the “dolce vita” way of life. In addition, I also had the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Vietnam. This journey was amazingly beautiful and I got to know two different cultures and mentalities that completely differed from what I have been experiencing before.
After returning to Passau, I continued my studies. I chose a lot of courses that focused on the United States culture, and I’m very fortunate that I now, at the end of my studies, received the opportunity to come to the United States to see how things are on the other side of the pond.
It is an extraordinary opportunity for me to gain insight into how the German and the American culture amalgamate in the context of Deutsches Haus.
Not only do I get to witness these two cultures blend together, but I also get to see the various other, diverse cultures in the vibrant heart of New York City. I like that sort of Melting Pot very much as it contributes to the diversity of the city.
So far, I have really enjoyed my first two weeks in New York City. I am very excited to see what comes next – I know that there are always many things to do here and that I won’t get bored. :)