Hello readers! We have reached our final destination on our journey through the different cultures and lives of AUBG exchange students. This will be my last post for the Multi Media Journalism class and one of my last assignments as an exchange student. In just two weeks I will be ending my semester here at AUBG and heading back to the U.S.
This semester has been an amazing experience and I have learned so much, especially being in this class. From the various cultures, to the ins and outs of being a backpack journalist and blogger, I’d say I’m ending with a world of knowledge! Throughout this experience I sought out to answer the question: What makes your culture unique? So let’s begin at the beginning… My first post was about Lorenz Aigner. We learned of weissurst and football in Germany. Next we met American exchange student Minka Dorer. Her love of McDonald’s and airplanes would leave anyone smiling, but the story of why she came to Bulgaria on exchange will warm your heart. Ruth Moroney from Ireland taught us that Ireland is more than just beer and drinking in pubs. We learned of the Gaelic Games and the pride that each Irishman and woman carries within them for their homeland. Our first insight into Spanish culture came from Roberto Herranz. The way he talked about the Spanish language still melts my heart. Herranz is a true romantic. Fiona Rappin from France encouraged us to look beyond the Eifel Tower and Paris when thinking of France. This student who grew up near the Swiss Alps misses French cuisine the most. Maria Teresa Lopez Cerdan, also from Spain, shared her love of the theater with us. She also taught us a valuable lesson she learned while in Bulgaria, that not every country is as open and encouraging of people to be who they are. She reminded us to be open to different lifestyles and look at someone’s soul rather than their choices. American Deborah Remerscheid told us of all the great things the great state of Texas has to offer. From music, to food, to nature, and more, we got a great look at life as a Texan.
And finally, last week’s post was about me. I tried to sum up how wonderful Tennessee is and show the beauty through my words. Getting to learn more about each of these students and their cultures has been such a treat to me, and I hope to each of you. I hope each of you were able to learn something you didn’t know from one of my international friends, and maybe even from me 🙂 Along with learning about the different cultures, I got to learn some valuable skills that will help with my future as a journalist. Below I’ve listed a few of the skills I learned 🙂
-Five Shot Sequence
-Create a News Package
-Windows Movie Maker
As you can see, it was a busy semester, full of learning and gaining experience. Aside from learning about the cultures and the technology I would definitely say that I learned a lot about myself this semester. I learned that I truly am an independent person, and that I am capable of traveling over 5,000 miles and making new friends from all over the world. I learned how much I value my friends and family and the people in my life at home. I think the biggest lesson I learned is that no matter where someone is from you can find things in common that will unite you to each other. I am so thankful for this experience and the friends that it has brought me. Its almost time for me to head back to my sweet Tennessee, but I will cherish the memories I made my semester abroad.