MONUMENT • A 2021 Palmer Ridge High Faculty graduate will spend her following calendar year in Germany after earning a prestigious scholarship.
Ana Burmeister is 1 of 250 American higher university pupils from throughout the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for the 2021-22 educational calendar year. The CBYX is a bilateral trade system co-sponsored by the U.S. Section of Condition and German Bundestag (Parliament).
The Council on Worldwide Instructional Exchange, a nonprofit review overseas and intercultural trade firm, introduced the award in a information release.
As a CBYX scholar, Burmeister will commit the tutorial calendar year in Germany dwelling with a host relatives, attending a German higher university and participating in a language and cultural schooling program to acquire a superior understanding of German society, language and daily life.
“I experience elated,” Burmeister mentioned. “As every single working day gets closer to the day I leave, I get much more enthusiastic and more nervous. It also can make me definitely grateful, scince not numerous individuals get to working experience anything like this, so I genuinely want to get the most out of this knowledge as probable.
“I am all set to leave Colorado and the U.S. and be ready to go to a totally diverse, new place.”
Burmeister will also have a probability to check out German Bundestag, satisfy with American and German govt officials, take part in intercultural seminars and explore the place via excursions to nearby cities and historical web sites.
The CBYX method is mutually funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and it was designed to foster a mutual knowledge and fortify ties between Germany and the U.S. by means of citizen diplomacy.
“I assume I will know German pretty perfectly by the conclude of the system in mid-June (2022),” Burmeister claimed. “I hope that I will know a large amount a lot more about German traditions and society, along with politics and geography and the training system.”
Presently, Burmeister is a beginner when it will come to the German language. She hopes to kind a great marriage with her host family, who has not been assigned as of yet. As a result of the practical experience, she aspires to turn out to be far more culturally mindful, adaptable, mature and a dependable particular person, she reported.
Burmeister feels she was selected for the scholarship based on her challenging get the job done, like her tutorial file. She was ranked to start with academically her sophomore year, and in her senior 12 months she was awarded the AP Scholar award. However, the new Palmer Ridge alumna has had her share of issues.
“I went by a university shooting in Florida in 2018,” Burmeister said. “But I learned the importance of life and supplying back again to the neighborhood via volunteering. … I would not be in which I am today without having the support of my family members and several of my previous academics.”
Because it is inception in 1983, the CIEE method has enabled extra than 27,000 learners to broaden their intercultural knowledge, reinforce their management competencies and come to be global citizens. All contributors turn out to be component of a worldwide community of the U.S. Office of Condition method alumni.
Burmeister is an aspiring polyglot, another person who is aware of and uses various languages. Presently, she is focusing on German. She describes herself as shy or introverted, tough-performing, persevering and academic. She also understands Spanish reasonably perfectly and would like to discover Catalan and Italian in the close to long run.
“Language understanding will in all probability normally be at the very least a pastime for me, if not also translate into a career,” Burmeister claimed.
Although she has not but made a decision a profession route, she aspires to show up at college or university in the U.S. and has gotten a range of acceptance delivers from College of Colorado at Colorado Springs to Harvard. She has constantly aspired to show up at a non-English speaking university.
Burmeister feels she might significant in psychology or neuroscience, potentially linguistics or cognitive science. The review of the head extremely pursuits her, and potentially a investigate-oriented career.
Not only do American learners go abroad to Germany, but German pupils also occur to are living and review in the U.S. by means of the trade. To discover additional about web hosting an intercontinental large faculty exchange pupil coming to the Monument location for the 2021-22 tutorial 12 months, stop by ciee.org/host-families.