By Bethany Melendez
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
I have always considered myself an independent person.
After graduating from high school I lived on my own for a year. I had an apartment to myself and learned to do things alone.
I missed my family a lot. Eventually, I became comfortable living on my own and was proud of myself for surviving my first year of college.
I felt ready for a new challenge in my life. That challenge would be studying abroad.
That being said, starting a life in Heidelberg, Germany, has been easy.
It felt like home.
I chose this country for a number of reasons, but the most important reason being my heritage.
Both of my grandmothers migrated from Germany to the United States where they started their families.
I am proud to say I have some German blood in my veins.
There is quite a lot of family history I would like to explore while studying abroad.
Another reason I chose Germany is because of its beauty and rich culture. A concern of mine was the language barrier, but it was easier than expected to become accustomed to the German lifestyle.
I was immediately shocked by how well the people of Heidelberg take care of their city by recycling and frequently using public transportation or biking.
It is inspiring to see a community of people thriving in this way.
Between the cobblestone, the castles and the schnitzels I think I will enjoy my time here. It has only been three weeks but it still doesn’t feel real yet.
After all the hard work and endless planning to get here, I am finally living in what feels like a fairytale.
E-mail Melendez at firstname.lastname@example.org