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htbthomas had me talk about some stuff:
1) What does it mean to you to be German?
Oi... being German only became sort of salient to me when I went abroad. I’ve been confronted with stereotypes from other people as well as strikingly different customs that made me realize what of me is German and what is not.
For one thing, Germans are known to be rather serious, even more so the more North you go. Being born close to the Baltic Sea, this is very true for me.
Also apparently we are very hard-working and industrious. Well, anyone who knows my study habits knows that there is definitely room for improvement but I’m pretty successful in school and work, so if that is German to you, than yes, I am German.
Then there are other things that are most certainly not true, at least not for me. We have a reputation of liking things to be organized and neat and tidy. Have you ever seen my room during exams? Or the inside of my backpack? Or even my laptop desktop? Didn’t think so... ;)
When it comes to my German-ness, I’m a bit ambivalent. I don’t like to blurt it out, for no other reason than that I don’t like to be a foreigner. I wish I could get rid of my accent (especially because it tends to make people try to be nice and start speaking English to me when all I want to do is improving my French) but I’m not ashamed of my heritage. ;)
2) Do you have a philosophy of life?
I choose to have a rather optimistic attitude in order to even out my tendency to see everything bleak. I’m very much a fan of "If you face the sun, the shadows will fall behind you.“ or simply "Happiness is a choice.“ I believe that most of what gets us down is either things that we could change or things that we could change our attitude towards. Don’t get me wrong, I am very much a victim of worrying and losing sleep over things. But I’d like to believe that a positive attitudes towards things might help with that a bit. And if not, at least it might help others :)
3) How did you decide to go into your chosen major?
I don’t think there was a specific moment that something inside me clicked. For a long time, I wanted to become a cop, fighting injustice and making the world a better place. I particularly wanted to help children who had to go through traumata like domestic violence and abuse. And by getting more and more information on that topic, I realized that if I really wanted to help these kids, it’d be better to work as a counsellor or psychotherapist. So I chose to study Psychology.
Alas, I had to realize that I’m not made for this kind of work but I found psychological research as my new passion. And as it happens, my fascination lies in child development, so I still get to work with children.
4) Where have you never traveled that you'd love to go?
One of the big advantages of being European is that everything is so close and small that you get to see many different countries rather easily. So, Europe is not that interesting anymore. I’ve been to North America, obviously, and Ive seen parts of North Africa. That leaves Central and South America, Asia and Australia. And I guess if I really had to pick, I’d love to go to New Zealand which seems to be a wonderful place.
Choosing seems awful because it’s not that I don’t like to go to these other places... but I’m not a huge fan of hot weather (although Costa Rica, Easter Island and Trinidad & Tobago are really tempting) and Asia (at least the South East part of it: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia) are on my schedule for next spring and summer anyway ;)
5) Any goals for the next five years?
Five years... that seems so long and so short at the same time.
I guess my major goal is to graduate with my B.A. in spring 2010. By then I will hopefully know where to go for my PhD... a couple of schools in Canada, the USA and Asia are on my list and while I do have two definite favorites, we have to see who’ll take me.
Apart from that... personal goals? I don’t think so. I want to be happy and be able to make other people happy - that’s about it.
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