My grandparents live here and my parents also spent some time living in Germany. They were always telling me to go to Germany after finishing school, but for some reason, I never wanted to. I actually didn’t want to learn German in school either. At one point, however, I realized that I would have the most opportunities in Germany. That is why I decided to leave Latvia and luckily, I never regretted it.
As soon as I saw the Schloss, I knew that this was where I wanted to study, even though I had been admitted by multiple universities. I chose Media and Communication Studies because I definitely wanted to study something involving media. I had already worked at a newspaper in Latvia and wanted to keep studying media at university. I really enjoyed my program. I didn’t only study to pass exams. I found the topics to be very interesting.
My parents were very pleased that I wanted to study in Germany. Nearly all of my friends left Latvia after school because there are few job prospects there, so my decision didn’t really come as a surprise.
I like that it’s pretty neat. In my opinion, people here are very perfectionist. Since I consider myself to be a perfectionist, that really appeals to me. There are also a lot of activities for students, for example sports courses. We don’t have that in Latvia. And of course the Schneckenhof parties; those are very cool, too.
In the beginning, yes. After two weeks, I called my mother because I wanted to go back to Latvia. I had many friends in Latvia and then, all of a sudden, I was all alone. Those were tough times, but I loved studying. What helped a little, were the yoga courses at the university. Through these courses, I was able to let go of my fears. Looking back, I’m very glad that I stayed. It was the right decision.
I like to think back to my internship with the Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen. It was the time of my life. I worked in editing and got to conduct interviews. I was even on live TV once, which was an awesome experience. I enjoyed working there a lot and got to know many great people.
I would like to do a traineeship in television and maybe become an editor. My dream job is director, though. If I ever end up going back to university for my master’s, I will be studying something along those lines. However, I do have a feeling that I won’t be staying in Germany forever. But you never know. Let’s see what life has in store for me!
Text: Tina Ratajczyk / July 2018