A picture of me wearing German soccer gear surfaced on Facebook right after Germany played the US in the World Cup (below). The picture was from the first game Germany played against Ghana, but all my friends thought I had rooted against the US and, needless to say, a firestorm ensued. I was jokingly called a traitor for a couple days, but I ran a relatively successful PR campaign (twitter, snapchat, etc.) to prove my loyalty to the USA. I’ve loved being in Europe for the World Cup, and even though my loyalty lies with the Red, White, and Blue, cheering for Deutschland in every other game has been a great addition to an already great summer.
Today was the last day of my internship, and I can’t believe it’s over. After first walking through the doors of Friendsurance eight weeks ago, the day has finally come to get sentimental and mushy gushy about my experience. I can’t thank Friendsurance enough for such an amazing summer for truly making me feel at home for the time I have been here. From free German classes to World Cup watch parties, this company has made an already amazing time abroad that much better. On top of that, the work experience that I have been fortunate enough to gain is more extensive than anything I could fit on a resume. I would also like to hold on to hope that I will be back to Berlin sometime in the near future, and it’s reassuring to know that I have made contacts and friends that would help me pick back up right where I left off. Thank you, Friendsurance!
I can’t say that this summer abroad has drastically changed me or that I’m going to come home a new man. But I can say with confidence that this experience has benefited me in countless ways. I now feel that I have a better understanding of myself and the world around me. I also feel more prepared to adapt to changing situations inside or out of the workplace. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an extended period of time abroad, it’s been one of the best decisions I have ever made.
A couple days ago, I watched Germany beat Brazil 7-1 with some friends at a public viewing. I kid you not, they scored three of those goals while I was buying a bratwurst. I hope that they keep up the luck while I’m not watching, because I’ll be on a plane during the entire World Cup final. See you soon USA and go Deutschlaaaaaand.