Jackson Thomas

Coming to UNL as a freshman music student, I never thought that I would study abroad. However, after being exposed to the Deutsch in Deutschland program and seeing how incredibly doable it was and how it could fit into my life, major, and pocketbook, I took the plunge and opted for a semester in Berlin, Germany. And let me tell you, the only thing I regret is the hesitation I had about signing up in the first place! This program allowed me to live in a huge, metropolitan city and study at Deutsch in Deutschland, a renowned language institute, right in the heart of it all. Being a language-based program, most of my studies were learning German with other students from all around the world. Of course I learned a lot from studying abroad, including becoming fluent in a language, but how I grew as a person was an even larger gain. It allowed me to uncover hidden courage and realize aspects of myself that I never thought I possessed. To this day I still find new ways in which I've grown through my experiences abroad and even though it was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done. One of my favorite parts of the trip was being able to interact with my host family that spoke absolutely no English. Although it was a challenge, overcoming that barrier led to relationships and experiences that I will have forever and I can't wait to go back and visit! How important my time abroad was to me is something that I cannot express enough. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.
Deutsch in Deutschland Institute, Berlin, Germay, spring 2013
Jackson Thomas exploring one of the many sites of Berlin