Why did I choose Germany? I can't really say this was a decision I planned. When I decided that I wanted to study linguistics, I went to university and had a choice of 5 languages. They were French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and German. And somehow, I saw the word "German", something inside me clicked, and I decided that, yeah, I wanted to study German. Because, well, of course, we know that Germany has a strong economy, German companies are well-represented. It would simply be easier for me to find work as a translator knowing German.
Initially, that was the plan, but after studying a while for my bachelor's degree at Kazan Federal University, I discovered an exchange program called Erasmus Plus, and I chose a German university, applied, got a scholarship, arrived there, and studied for not one but two semesters in Germany because I liked the teaching structure. I'll tell you more about it later. I decided that I needed to do everything I could to study for a Master's degree there.
This was when I started to have trouble since there was no one to help me with documents. A motivation letter is a very important document, so I'm very jealous of the people that come to us now. They have us, as Svetlana said earlier. We help, support, and instruct them. I didn't have a person like that to help me, so it was a little difficult for me, but despite all that, I was still able to collect my documents and apply.
Then a complicated process started: The selection proces, which I monitored via an online document. By the way, it's worth mentioning that when you apply to a German university, you have two options. You can either send your documents by mail, i.e., physical documents via physical mail, or via the Uni Assist platform. It's like an intermediary between you as a candidate and German universities, who deal with the entire bureaucratic document selection process. In my case, I didn't use Uni Assist. Basically, I sent all my documents straight away, and my university emailed me to track the admission process.
There were two stages. The first was where documents were screened and checked to see that they were all there. The next stage was the one we've seen already, where they check your language proficiency and, most importantly, your grade point average. I was rather lucky since I had quite a high score and a diploma with honors, indicating my high achievement. I immediately got a positive response in the middle of August. I was so happy! My dream had come true. And I can finally share my feelings now that I'm here. I have only positive impressions because the training structure lets you plan your time management.
They don't just teach you to study in Germany. They also teach you to plan your time. You plan your learning process; you can take 10 subjects in your first semester and fewer in the second. It all depends on you.
All these international groups with people from all over the world are fascinating. I get to meet new people, talk about culture and languages, meet up, go to cafés, and travel. It's really cool. And it's also important to mention the internships the university offers you. You can also find them in big companies yourself. For example, I was a translator at an international motor vehicle exhibition in Munich. I met some famous people there. One of them was Niko Rosberg. He's a winning Formula 1 racer. I even met Angela Merkel and talked a little with her. Even now, I remember how worried I was, but it was a great experience for me.
After finishing university, I'll most likely use my job-seeking visa to find work in Germany. I want to stay here and work at an international company with a social mission. Something like the Red Cross to help interact with foreign partners.