[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his weekend officially begins my Sommer Ferien and I’m not overly excited because the weather has not been as warm. Yes I’m all for the cold days as winter is my favourite time of the year but having to not put on jackets, scarves and fur lined boots just for a few weeks isn’t too much to ask for oder?
Anyways, for two weeks now, I’ve been attending a quick orientierungskurs towards writing the Einbürgerungstest which basically completes my integration….on paper anyways. We are basically learning about the different ways the system works politically and of course the history and as tough as it sounds, it’s actually interesting.
I thought that it would be weird talking about Hitler’s regime but interestingly not so much is discussed about him. Just basic knowledge of the years he ruled and what party he governed under.
So generally, we are learning about the country’s history, culture, specific dates and foreign relationships and I actually find the class fascinating. Sure I get confused sometimes with all that Bundes everything you are bound to come across so very often aber I would say that the class sort of gives me an insight into how politics works. Of course it’s different with every country but the basics are the same.
I find myself comparing German politics with Nigerian and American politics. Oh and yesterday we compared the social system and I didn’t know India was a welfare country so when Maddie mentioned it I thought that wasn’t true. She probably didnt understand what welfare meant in German words. So off to the Web I went. I mean I know how popular abject poverty in India is so why would she say that right?
Turns out she was right only problem being poverty is extreme and corruption also plays a huge role with hindering the welfare system plus the caste system that works in India. And I find this really ironic because apparently, the world’s third richest man is in India and around the world, Indians are famous for success in both medical and engineering fields.
So I have to say that integration helps increase your knowledge not just of the country you have made your home but others as well from a personal perspective and this I believe is because of the other students from other parts of the world, sharing their knowledge with the class.
What do I plan to do once I’m done officially integrating? I do not know for sure. There are a ton of choices and I’m not in any rush. This year I had set aside to complete my integration and I’m very glad I can check it off my list even before the last month of the year. I did however register with coursera to take an online course in project management and another that has to do with working in a food and beverage sector. I would probably do a few more to end the year graciously and maybe toss in sewing classes too. There’s also a huge stable close by so I may apply for a job there, who knows, I just may find working with horses to be exhilarating!
Bottom line, I’m slowly but surely achieving the small goals I had mentally set and it’s incredible because whenever I write goals down, I never complete them. Ha!
So, do I think integrating is important? Damn straight! You want to live in another countty, you better be willing to integrate cos it doesn’t just help the state, it gives you a better chance at life as a foreigner.
What was it Angela Merkel said to the Turkish Zeitung? “Ohne gute Deutschkenntnisse kann Integration nicht gelingen. Nur wer eine gute Ausbildung und gute Deutschkenntnisse hat, hat alle Chancen, in unserer Gesellschaft integriert zu sein.”
You heard it from Queen Bee herself. Help yourself so that helping you would be cakes and ice cream!