I have been studying German since I began attending UH Mānoa in the Fall of 2014. I am now in my 5th semester of German language courses and it's easily become one of my favorite parts of college. I never thought I would have the opportunity to even visit Germany, but thanks to the Johnson Study Abroad Scholarship Program, I will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to study business at the University of Tübingen.
Germany’s economy ranks number one in Europe and number four in the world. Their education system is incredibly diverse, producing filmmakers like Fritz Lang and scientists like Albert Einstein. They are renowned for their attention to detail and craftsmanship (think “German engineering”) which is not only in-line with my work through my business, 99 Stitches, but with my study of accounting. Being able to travel and study in a country that has produced such great minds will provide me with intangible life skills that I can’t learn out of any textbook. I will become more marketable to employers and I will be challenged to learn differently.
“Über Nacht wird man nur dann berühmt, wenn man tagsüber hart gearbeitet hat,” or in English “You only become famous overnight if you’ve worked hard during the day.” I look forward to the opportunity to learn and grow as a student, entrepreneur, and as a person through this study abroad opportunity. After all, the best way to learn about a culture is to live it.