After taking part in our International Program in Business (Spring, Campus Mosbach), Domenica, one of the international exchange students from Ecuador, moved to Baden-Baden for an internship in a German company. In this blogpost, she tells us about her first weeks after saying goodbye to DHBW Mosbach.
After having spent the best 3 months of my life, a new challenge was about to start.
The idea of moving to another city just by myself and then working for a company in a country which its language it´s not one of your strengths was something that really stressed me out and the worst thing completely alone.
It began when I had to leave the International House, one of the hardest moments of my life and the idea of being one of the last people who did it, really broke my heart. I think the worst part of the IPB is having to say goodbye to your friends who in this short period of time became your family. At the beginning of it, the heads of the program said this experience will be the best of your life and in fact it really was, but nobody warned us about how sad was gonna be the feeling of saying goodbye with tears in your eyes to good friends you did and you know that you probably won’t see again, at least not in a short period of time.
After that, taking trains, carrying with you all the memories and that sad feeling of leaving everything behind, moving to other place with people you don’t know was the way of starting the internship here in Baden-Baden. It became a lil bit better when I arrived the first day at Heel’s Company when I realized that they were waiting for me with a nice office and flowers on the desk. Then, nice people came to me to know who I am and who was the new girl.
The firsts weeks here were not that good, work was awesome, there is too much stuff I can do because they needed someone who speaks Spanish and be in charge of America’s partners, this is something I love doing, I knew in that moment that language won’t be an obstacle. Speaking with people of the same continent, Latin people, made me feel the warmth of home. I was sure that I was doing the things right. So I didn’t have to worry about work, that’s one of the points of the list of worries outside. But after work, coming back home and being alone was not fun. I needed the noise of different languages speaking in the International House, long conversations with French, Hungarian and Finish people, the smell of Korean food and sleepovers and movie nights all together.
Things went better when I started to know better my colleagues. I’m so grateful of being surrounded by kind and nice people. Gently, I could get closer to them and start to call them “my new friends”. For the third week I saw myself hanging out and enjoying my free time with them. This internship experience was starting to be awesome too. Even this, I kept feeling a void in my heart. But, one night with my colleagues, I realized that I haven’t lost my old friends, all the time I was carry them with me. They are in my heart forever and that’s something that nobody will take away from me, even if we are separated from each other by millions of kilometers I’m gonna still loving them and I am sure that they are feeling the same way, so why being sad for something that “was over” when actually it was just starting?
I’m so grateful of all I’ve experienced in this time, I met a lot of good people, I’ll get too much knowledge I can share in my country, I have improved myself and I’ve become stronger. I’m completely sure that these 8 months abroad will be the best time of my life.
Exchange students can join one of our 3 month-long International Programs. Business students can choose the International Program in Business (IPB), which runs three times per year. For Engineering students, we offer the International Program in Engineering (IPE). The classes are taught entirely in English and you can earn up to 30 ECTS in each three-months program.
Exchange students join DHBW Mosbach students, so there is an intercultural mix of students in class. We keep the class size small: you get to know everyone very well and be one tight group during your stay here. Each program includes an Intensive German language and culture course. The programs also include excursions, cultural events and company visits, so you have a great time with plenty of fun and adventure.