One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had so far is studying in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for around 5 months. I joined the student exchange program from my campus, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. It was funded by Erasmus+ and the grant I received every month was more than enough for me.
If you had asked me in high school if I would like to study there, I would not have been sure. I knew almost nothing about the country or the language. All I knew was, German people speak German. To enter a country not knowing what to expect is inadvisable; but to me it resulted in a surprisingly enriching experience.
Sometimes we learn by doing, not by being taught and that was how I got through life there with 5 other students from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. A lot of things happened, but being rushed to a hospital in an ambulance topped any experience I had there. It wasn’t anything too serious but it caused quite the panic among my flatmates.
- I had an accident in the bathroom with a cracked ceramic glass.
- I am clumsy and I have my moments and I happened to be especially clumsy that day.
- I intended to clean the glass (used to store toothbrushes and toothpaste).
Seconds after I scrubbed, I felt a stinging pain on my right ring finger and saw drops of blood dripped on the washbowl. It took me a few more seconds to register what had happened. It was overwhelming to see blood and a small chunk of my skin hanging on the broken glass. I panicked and waved my hand around. Thankfully that snapped me out of the brief panic session then proceeded to call for help.
One of the German flatmates called the ambulance for me and that was how I got in an ambulance for the first time. I’ve never seen real life paramedics before that day. Let alone being in an ambulance. One of my seniors, Gita Aprillya accompanied me to the hospital. The procedure of treating patient was not complicated, I only had to show my German health insurance card and my passport. After that I got all stitched up and wasn’t able to cook for about a month.
My name is Claudia Gabriel.
I am a Communications student in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia.
I joined the student exchange program and studied in Germany.
It was unforgettable and I wouldn’t undo it or redo it in another way.
Moreover, it was a one of a kind learning experience.