Last week marked my last week in Germany. The week started off like every other week. I was given a few different tasks at work that I worked on consistently for the next five days. It was hard to believe that I would be leaving Europe in just a few days to come home. On Tuesday we had a farewell dinner with Britta, which was really nice but a little sad because this would be the last time we would see Britta, who has been extremely friendly and helpful to us all for the entire summer that we have been in Berlin.
Going into work on Friday, it still did not feel like my last day at my internship or last day in Germany. My bosses took me out to lunch, which was very nice of them. Then when we got back to the office, my whole team presented me with a bag of various gifts to take home with me. My favorite gift that they gave me was a picture frame with the Berlin skyline along the bottom, because they put a photo that we all took together inside. They also gave me a card that people in the office signed for me. I was not expecting anything, so it was super sweet of them to think of me and make that effort. I thought it was going to be easier to leave work, however I was surprisingly more sad as I left for the last time. I honestly has such a positive experience with Sirius Facilities, and am really grateful to have met everyone in my office. Germans have the stereotype for being cold and unfriendly, however I never felt anything but welcome in that office and felt like I could ask any one of my colleagues for help with anything.
On Saturday night I finally made it home to Syracuse after three flights and about 20 hours of traveling. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to sleep from being jet lagged, but I passed out almost immediately because I was exhausted from traveling for so long. It has been so nice being home and comfortable in my own bed and with familiar friends and family. Luckily my sleep schedule hasn’t been too bad either. I am happy to be home, but so happy with the experience I had this summer in Berlin, as well. I feel like I have grown immensely both professionally and personally. Going into my next interview and next job, I think I will be much more confident. I am planning to study abroad for a semester through the GBI Sydney next year, and I am pretty sure that will be a piece of cake after this summer.