2014 Matt Daniel

2014 Matt Daniel


This summer, I was able to take part in the Study Trip to Germany, and it was the best experience of my life. Ever since I stepped off that plane in Nuremberg, I have grown both as a person and as a speaker of German. My host family and I enjoyed our time together wonderfully, and we got along extremely well. I am still keeping in contact with them and all of the new friends I made in Germany as well as the Americans I travelled with. I am truly grateful to the AATG for helping me to experience these new things and I will continue to make German a huge part of my life.

During my time in Nuremberg I was able to learn more about the history of the city and German culture, as well as become immersed in the language by attending German schools. My host family and I made various excursions to different local restaurants and interesting places, which brightened the experience and helped me to learn German in a more practical way too. In fact, when we left for our week trip to Berlin, I felt a pain in my heart that I was leaving them, even if it was only for a week before I would be back in Nuremberg. The trip to Berlin was its own wonder, as we experienced so many things I have learned about in German class (as well as our incredible defeat of Brazil in the World Cup Semifinal, LIVE at the Brandenburger Tor Publik Viewing) , and our group of Americans grew bonds which we still share today. My final two weeks in Berlin were bittersweet, but I enjoyed them all the same, as I continued to bond with my host family. I cannot express in words how helpful this trip was to my German, I even picked up a bit of the local dialect and accent! I intend to continue German by picking it up as a double major in college, something I never would have dreamed of without this experience. 

With many thanks,
Matt Daniel





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Northern Illinois AATG,
Sep 26, 2017, 1:58 PM
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