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My mother? Has just given me implicit permission to study abroad.

This is enormous. This is--something I've never even thought was possible, something I've wanted to do for years and years and years but have never really seriously considered because of how unbelievably dead set my parents have been on four-years-undergrad-med-school-residency-fellowship-life-in-medicine, with absolutely no room for deviations.

I only wish she hadn't waited until my junior year to tell me this.

Theoretically, I could do it. It's possible. Hopkins has just started an exchange program with the Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen. I'm not a confident speaker by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel as if I've reached the point in my German where I would be comfortable reading and writing it on a regular basis, and anyway isn't the point of study abroad to improve your grasp of the language? Professor Tobias, my German advisor, is dead set on my going. I am dead set on my going. It's in Munich. I've dreamed of going to Munich. There are no words for how much I want to go to Munich.

The problem is that getting there requires taking the MCAT a full six months earlier than I'd originally intended to (to keep my summer free for the six-week Praktikum required by our study abroad office), requires my cramming all five of my remaining required classes for my Biology major into two semesters (I am sort of reluctant to take a Biology course in German, and even if I weren't, I don't know that I would receive credit for it), requires a certainty in what I want to do after I graduate (fall of senior year is medical school applications: I'd probably have to take a gap year if I wanted to study abroad).

Simply put? I'm terrified. I want this so much it's almost painful. But I'm not sure if I have the ability to organize the next three years of my life into tiny, precise boxes and make it all happen.

Date: 2010-09-27 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormhorses.livejournal.com
Ireny, if anyone can do this, you can.

You have the opportunity of a lifetime and it's all yours. You can definitely do it. You have the brains, the courage, the skills, the determination and the support from your family. And EPIC. And it will be amazing.

Date: 2010-09-27 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wonk579288.livejournal.com
Having been to Munich I would say if you can do it DO IT. I had no trouble getting around and I would be willing to put money on my German being worse than yours, granted I wasn't studying there, but I would say do it. It might be a bitch to organize, but studying abroad is so much better even than visiting and being the tourist. Though definitely do the tourist things. (PS Munich train station to Fuessen, bus to the Castles: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Do it. Plus I kid you not, Salzburg is like an hour on the train away.)

Date: 2010-09-28 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunnydayz36.livejournal.com
Don't panic (you sound panicky). :P You can figure this out, and I'm starting to realize that med schools really want to see (excuse how corny this sounds) that you're passionate about something. And if die Mannschaft German is your passion, it's only a plus in your favor if you study abroad.

Re: the MCATs, maybe, depending on how the Praktikum falls, you can do that for six weeks and study the rest of the summer? Talk to other premeds and premed advisors too - I never got this straight, but my impression is that schools aren't all that impressed if you did nothing but study for MCATs for an entire summer. Which is a bugger, but it means that you would have had to do something anyway. As for the gap year, maybe stay in your lab? Go abroad again? I think a med school should be understanding if you say that you had to do it because you went abroad (though again, ask around). GOOD LUCK!

Date: 2010-09-28 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angel-mei-chan.livejournal.com
You can do it, Ireny- if you want it that badly, you'll figure it out.

I was thinking about studying abroad in Japan actually- it would make my otaku side insanely happy to do that, and CCA does have exchange programs w/ 2 Japanese art universities. Unfortunately, Illustration is a hard major to find equivalent classes for, and I still don't know much Japanese beyond level 1. Also, because I didn't take a lot of studio classes my freshman year, I might have to stay an extra semester before I graduate (unless I can crunch 2 required classes together in the same semester...)

Anyway, I hope you can study abroad- Munich sounds awesome!


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