Yesterday was my last day of my winter intensive language course. I’m both happy and sad to be done.
This round of class was a lot different than my first go. The majority of students in my September course were American college students in Germany for a semester. I got the impression that many were here for Oktoberfest...
I was the only American in this class that just finished. A lot of the students were visiting Freiburg just for this month of language study. We had students from Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Czech, and Canada. I was still the oldest by quite a bit--the next was a 25-year-old med student, but the age gap didn’t seem as big of a deal.
The time commitment required for these classes is challenging. It’s why I’m relieved at the course’s completion. Having a full schedule gives me a sense of purpose. I enjoy the occasional quiet weekend, but I like a busy day with places to go.