It was about two months ago when I arrived at the Düsseldorf airport ready to take a train to Dortmund thinking, what on earth I was thinking when I chose Germany to be my exchange destination! But soon I realized why: the food, the people, the language and the schooling system. Everything is so well organized here and people are very nice. I must mention though, that even though the Germans are extremely punctual and love to have everything in order, the trains seem to be late. Always.
School is nice and so are other exchange students, but sometimes I feel a little bit like a big sister, because most other exchange students are younger than me. I have learned some patience with them and the most important thing is that I’ve had good time with them. All students get a semester ticket to travel free in public transport in Nordrhein-Westfalen area. So we have made several trips within the state and seen many very beautiful places.
Lectures are okey, but in some classes studying in English is a challenge. The teachers speak very good English which is good. We don’t have that many group works or writing assignments here. I’m not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing, because I kind of like the system we have in Finland.
All in all, I’m happy I came here, but the time has been flying so fast! I’m definitely going to miss this place when I will return back home in July.