One thing I heard about before studying abroad was that there were a lot of German exchange students. Though no one could ever tell me why there were so many German exchange studens. It didn’t surprise me because one of my oldest friends I met while she was studying in the US from Germany as a high school student. However, I did not expect there to be so many…I don’t know why. Well, I do know why, people exagerate.
When I arrived at the Port Elizabeth airport the other three students who rode the shuttle with me were German students, all from different universities. Then yesterday afternoon I heard a knock on my door. I opened it and it was two girls, one from Germany and one from The Netherlands, asking if I wanted to meet the group downstairs for dinner. They were going down our hall knocking on all the doors (its pretty fabulous that we’re all together like this). So, I had dinner with a bunch of the students living in our location, most of them German…there were also students from the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, and UNC-Wilmington (the students themselves were from Boston and Florida but still a NC connection). It was fun getting to know them and all of the students that I met last night are going on the orientation trip today. One of the German students is an English Lit. major studying to be a high school teacher. Of course everyone wants me to help them with their papers…I might make some extra cash as an editor.
I finally found out why there are so many German exchange students, a lot of programs at their universities require time abroad. Mystery solved!