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Graduation Thoughts – A Q&A Session

I recently completed the last exam of my master’s program

… and very soon I will graduate. I am very happy that throughout the three years of my study abroad journey I kept a blog and recorded my daily life in it’s most authentic form. To end my blog, I thought I will answer a series of questions that sum up the three years I experienced as a master’s student in Germany.

  • The student Rumeng is standing by a lake, meadows can be seen in the background.
    The student Rumeng is standing by a lake, meadows can be seen in the background.© DAAD/ Rumeng
  • The student Rumeng stands in front of a tree
    The student Rumeng stands in front of a tree© DAAD/ Rumeng
  • Rumeng stands by a kind of fence with lots of love locks attached.
    Rumeng stands by a kind of fence with lots of love locks attached.© DAAD/ Rumeng

Why did you decide to study abroad?

Up until now, I’ve always been the person who regrets nothing, but if I had missed the opportunity to study abroad, it would be the one thing I regretted. To me, studying abroad was the kind of thing that only happened once in your life at a certain age, and once it’s missed, it’s gone. You could travel now and then, but it would never feel the same as studying abroad and so it was personally very important to me that I experience it.

Why Germany?

It could have been any country but it so happened to be Germany because my younger brother was already studying here.

What was your best semester?

My best semester was my third and fourth semester.

My third because I was experiencing things I had never before. In the process, I grew a lot and learnt a lot about others and myself. It was a very different semester and a very testing one too and I survived. My fourth because I was getting to know new people and new situations. I was stepping out of my comfort zone and showing up at social gatherings I normally wouldn’t feel comfortable and confident at. And through this process, I collected a lot of beautiful memories and learnt to push the boundaries of my comfort zone once in a while because it always brings nice surprises.

I’ve always been the person who regrets nothing, but if I had missed the opportunity to study abroad, it would be the one thing I regretted.

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Do you regret setting foot on this journey?

No.

It wasn’t always a smooth, happy journey especially in my first semester when I had left everything familiar to me, good friends; a familiar environment; the bustling life of a metropolis; a high paying part time job. I was a bit upset and I questioned myself on this decision. Was it really worth it? To leave a comfortable life to grow? It was.

What I learnt, what I saw, how I grew made it worth it. It was more than I could ever imagine and I am a 110% sure none of this I could learn at home. Then how could you regret a journey like this?

Yes, sometimes I feel sad about the things I’ve lost through the process but I can only hope I find them again in life where I left them.

Rumeng smiles at the camera, a city skyline can be seen in the background.
Rumeng smiles at the camera, a city skyline can be seen in the background.© DAAD/ Rumeng
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