I’m Anni, a 17-year-old student from Germany. I am currently in my third term at UWC Red Cross Nordic! 🙂 I started my UWC-experience here in August 2017 and I’m very happy I’ll be spending my next year in Flekke-Bubble with a weird but amazing community of people from around the world.
Fun fact: I was never really obsessed with Norway or the thought of moving to Norway. My favourite country over the past years has been it’s lovely neighbor: Sweden. I spend most of my past summers there and absolutely fell in love with the nature and the language. “Well…close enough” – I guess those were the thoughts of my national committee, because they decided to send me to Norway! – And I am so glad they did! 🙂
When I was in 7th grade, we studied Scandinavia in geography class, and my teacher told us about her journey along the norwegian west-coast.
I was so impressed by her description of the nature that, at the age of 14, I added this point to my bucket-list: “Visit the fjords of Norway”
Little did I know I would live next to one soon. 😀
Attending a UWC has been my dream for a long time. Three years before applying, I stumbled across a video of a german youtuber who visited a student at Robert Bosch College and immediately fell in love with the concept of the movement and its mission.
I am a huge lover of books even though I rarely find time to read – living at RCN has not made that better, sadly. But when I do, I easily get lost in the infinite world of imagination and it makes me really happy. I also enjoy watching – ok let’s say binging – series a lot which is a very useful tool if you want to procrastinate. Some shows I would definitely recommend: Sense8, Supernatural, Sherlock, DARK and Orphan Black. Talking of strong women (if you watched Orphan Black, you know what I mean), I am proud to call myself a feminist.
For a lot of people, this word has a very bad connotation, because they have this picture of woman who wants to oppress men in their mind. It may surprise them that feminism just fights for the equality of all genders. And even though women have nearly the same rights as men in some countries, there are still a lot of regions in the world where girls and women are denied education and their own will.
The struggles and rights of the LGBTQ+ community are also very important to me so it made me very happy to hear about the „Gender and Sexuality“ group at RCN! 🙂
I joined the EAC (led by my wonderful philosophy teacher <3) in my first term and ended up being one of the two new leaders for next year, which I am very excited about!
I was really excited to start studying Norwegian, as I am a total language-nerd. Two years ago I started teaching myself Swedish, but sadly most of those skills have been replaced by very similar but norwegian vocabulary now. :c Besides my very basic scandinavian language-skills, I speak English (which has improved a lot since I came here, yay), French, (which I really miss having as a subject and am kind of afraid of losing) and Italian (which I sometimes get to practice with the Italians on campus, for example on hikes). In my last year in Germany, I also started learning Russian as an extra-curricular activity, but sadly I feel that it’s slowly fading.
I guess it won’t surprise you now that I enjoy writing a lot. As English is my everyday-language here on campus and it’d be way more comfortable for me to just stick with it, I’m using this blog to practice writing in German and keep in touch with my mother-tongue. I’ve wanted to become a journalist for several years now and after two internships at a local newspaper I’m convinced it’s the right thing for me. That’s why I voluntarily spent endless hours working on our school magazine after realizing that half of the articles are missing one day before the whole thing is going into print. Those were fun times. In the meantime, I have started a student newspaper here at RCN and currently we’re in the process of publishing our second issue!
If you have any questions about campus life, RCN or UWC in general, I am more than happy to help you! Just leave a comment below or contact me through social media/e-mail/whatsoever. 🙂
– Anni ❤