I am Caleb Mott, a fourth year student and International Studies of Cultural Affairs major with a minor in German at Arkansas Tech University. I have been given the amazing opportunity to study abroad at Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria. This will be my first time ever leaving the United States, so this will be a complete change of pace for me. This life changing experience will allow me to see a whole culture through immersion; using my German skills that I have learned both inside and outside the classroom.
When my German teacher first brought up the idea of being an exchange student, we spoke mostly in hypothetical circumstances. As the months went on, these hypothetical’s began to transform into reality. Then, like something out of a fairy tale, we got our acceptance letters to Karl-Franzens Universität! As I read the letter, my stomach flipped; I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening. From this, I know that many doors will open up for me.
Being an International Studies major, it is very important for me to have this opportunity. As I enter a job that ties to my major, such as a job with the United Nation, it is important to see situations from every side. I will be able to look into the world through the eyes of another culture, which is the greatest skill I could ever have.
I leave from the United States in two days, and I could not be more excited! Packing has been a little bit of a struggle for me, but I think I am finally ready for my flight. I will post again when my flight lands and we are on our way to Graz! And to any reader who has questions about studying abroad, feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer!
Time to say “Auf wiedersehen! Bis später!” to America, and “Hallo!” to Austria!