Today is (probably) my last German class ever! I am currently taking a C1/C2 course at the VHS, and today is our last day of class. Then, in about 2.5 weeks, I will take the TestDaF, a German fluency exam. So I have a very stressful couple of weeks ahead, but it is crazy to think that once this test is over, that could be it!

Standing in front of the Reichstag

So while I’m feeling nostalgic, let’s take a look back at my long journey to learning the “awful German language” as Mark Twain put it:

My very first German class was when I was a sophomore in high school at 15 years old. I liked it so much, I continued to take it for the next two years until I graduated.
After graduating high school, I went to college at Loyola University Chicago. I took German 103 the first semester of my freshman year, and then German 104 the second semester. Unfortunately, there were no higher level German classes available at the school after that.
I really wanted to continue learning German, and I was very interested in visiting Germany. So, for the Fall semester of my senior year at Loyola, I decided to study abroad. I went to Leuphana University in L√ľneburg, where I took intensive German courses. So in just 3 months, I went through B1, B2, and C1 classes.
In July 2013, I moved to Germany. Once here, I started up this course at the VHS! And today, January 27, marks the last day of class.

So after working toward this day for nine long years, here’s to hoping I will pass the TestDaF!