Today marks 2 straight years of living in Germany! While I feel like I should say something like, “The time has gone by so fast! I can’t believe it’s already been two years!” I am actually feeling the opposite. It’s more like, “Only two years? I feel like I’ve been living here for at least 5!”
I suppose that is just because of all the things that have happened in these past two years. I flew to Germany on a one-way ticket on July 24, 2013. If you want to see a review of everything that happened in my first year, check out my one year anniversary post.
Here is a look back at my second year in Germany.
- Germany won the world cup! Best of all, this happened while my parents were here, so we all got to celebrate together
- I got accepted to grad school! This was the big turning point of my second year in Germany
- After getting accepted, I started off on the confusing process of getting a student visa in Germany
- I celebrated my 3-year anniversary since coming to Germany for the first time to study abroad in 2011!
- And I finally got my German student visa
- I got a job! So, I decided to use my newly-found job-hunting skills to tell others how to write a German resume
- I started graduate school in Germany!
- I caused quite a stir with my post on toilet paper culture (are you a folder or a crumpler?)
- And I spent my third Thanksgiving in Germany!
- I went home (to the U.S.) for Christmas (and I was very excited about it)
- February was the final exam period for my first semester of grad school in Germany – it didn’t start off very smoothly (spoiler: everything ended up okay)
- I successfully finished my first semester of grad school in Germany!
- The new semester started, and I naively signed up for 7 classes (future me still doesn’t know how she feels about this decision)…
- Marco and I bought plane tickets to visit the U.S. in September
- And I did a price comparison of all the times I flew between the U.S. and Germany (this time we are only paying 380 EUR round trip!)
- “The Month of the Presentation” and nothing else
- Marco and I tested our American and German dialects
- I got all of my grades back from my first semester of grad school, and I did (actually a little bit better than) average!