Ruth (left) and her friend Sirapat grab a crepe in Hanover, Germany.When I first arrived at Candler, I was interested in the international exchange programs offered, but I didn't know which one would be a good fit for me. During my first semester, I attended a panel with students who had just returned from studying abroad. It was invigorating to hear about their experiences. I also got to know Brandon Maxwell 14T, assistant director of admissions, who had spent time in Germany while a Candler student.

Almost a year ago, I started seriously considering the exchange program at the University of Göttingen, which is the longest standing exchange program at Candler. After several conversations with friends and professors, I decided to apply. That decision started an incredible (and sometimes rocky) journey. For me, the decision to apply and the invitation to participate in the program served as a much-needed catalyst for my life. Since I realized that my time in Atlanta was limited, I began to do many of the things I had wanted to do for awhile: I became a Methodist, acquired a Georgia driver's license, started a breakfast club, and started learning German!

My classes in Germany started just a week ago, so I am still figuring out what my daily life will look like. I've had the great delight of visiting Berlin, Leipzig, Wittenberg and Hanover, to name a few. This upcoming weekend, I will be in Dresden. I have met not only Germans, but people from all over the world. One of my closest friends here is from Thailand. This is only one of many surprises from my time here so far. I am learning more and more about myself, others, and God. I can't wait to see how the rest of my time here will unfold.