Now that you are nearly finished school, what do you plan on doing?
I have one more year at Sixth Form doing A levels, then I’m planning on going to university and I’m currently looking at different engineering courses that offer work experience abroad, because I’m dying to get out and travel some more.
How has learning German helped you since returning and do you still use it?
I'm currently doing my German A level so it definitely helps in that aspect. I still get to use it in German lessons as well as talking with my host family and friends.
How do you think your experience of the exchange program changed you as a person?
My exchange year completely changed me for the better. I’m a much more confident and happier me. It’s made me fearless and so independent. I genuinely feel like I can do anything now. I don’t think I’d recognise myself from a couple of years ago.
Are you planning to return to Germany?
Yes. I already have flights booked to go back for two weeks this summer.
What advice would you give to students about to undertake an exchange program?
Go into your exchange with as few expectations as possible. I would have never been able to predict how my exchange year turned out. Just be ready for anything and jump at any opportunity given to you because you’ll regret it if you don't take them. And have fun because your exchange will quite literally be the best year of your life if you let it be.
Thank you so much for these wise and inspiring words Katie. We wish you the best of luck in your A Levels!
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