Chasing the dream alone

Rakan from Jordan, Summer Semester 2021

Hello! My name is Rakan Alghuben and I am from an Arabian country called Jordan in the Middle East. I study logistics in the German Jordanian University in Jordan and now, I am doing my last semester at RheinAhrCampus in Remagen before I start with my mandatory internship in Germany. It’s so hard to express all what I have been through during these 6 months but I will try my best to give you a glimpse of my experience here in Germany.

It all started back in 2017 when I wanted to travel directly to Germany to start my bachelor study. However, I went to the GJU instead. I was waiting for this year for a long time and was telling my friends, family, and the love of my life that this year was going to change my life forever.  When I first landed here, I was overwhelmed with the support and love and everything I could ever ask for. I lived in a WG with seven German people and got to know their culture. My German language improved a lot. They taught me how to cook a lot of German dishes. They also told me what I should do in different situations and what I am not allowed to do in this new to me culture. I met a lot of new friends from all around the world. I experienced a surprising connection between us. For example, we have words in common in our languages, had many similarities in cuisines, and a lot of other crazy connections.

Though I lost a lot of friends and the love of my life after I left, I gained a lot of new friends from different nationalities on the other hand. I got out of my comfort zone and learned how to face everything by myself with zero support. If there is one thing I learned, it is to do whatever that will make you successful and happy, and to focus on yourself before focusing on what others thinks about you.

Ok! Enough with drama, now back to Germany. I traveled almost all around Germany and seriously, I didn't notice much difference except in the big cities like Frankfurt or Berlin.
However, while traveling outside Germany in Europe, I noticed that Germany is so different from other countries. I honestly don’t feel safe outside Germany and feel like its my home now.

In the end, I am so happy for all the memories I made here and I will make sure to tell them to everybody I know in my country. If there is one person from the university I want to thank, it is Selsela. She is such an amazing person and all she wants to do is to help other people with all her energy.

Thank you so much,
Rakan Alghuben