The International Research Experience in Science (IRES) chronicles our students' international research experiences in the sciences. These opportunities are supported by Emory College's Office of Undergraduate Education, the Center for Science Education (Howard Hughes Medical Institute award) and CIPA (the Center for International Program Abroad). Students may also be partially supported via the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) program.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Leaving a Trail
not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a
trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Last week, I was so reluctant
to leave Germany. I felt at home in Berlin. I had grown accustomed to my
setting and even had favorite running routes, favorite restaurants, and daily
rituals. Taking this into account, I realized that perhaps this might be the
best time for me to leave Germany and, once again, change my setting.
Over the past ten weeks, I
attempted to lead my life following this motto. I came to Berlin because I
wanted adventure. I wanted an experience that I would never forget, an
experience that I could refer back to for the rest of my life. I believed I
achieved what I was looking for.
I met some of the most
memorable people at the hostels I stayed at, ranging from the Mormon man who
lost his luggage containing his temple garments to the Australian girl who was
stranded in Albania after maxing out her credit card. I don’t think I’ll ever
forget the laid-back lakeside parties along the Plotzensee Lake or the most
amazing bratwurst and beers at the Am Neuen See Biergarten.
In addition, to these
unforgettable memories, I gained invaluable lab and life experience. I am incredibly
grateful to Emory University and the DAAD RISE program for funding my trip.
Without their support, I would have been never been able to work on projects, which
include searching for reservoirs of anthrax in mammalian populations and
assessing biodiversity using fly DNA, nor be included in a publication. Above all, this trip has given me a new sense of self and confidence.