It’s easy to get caught up in all that Berlin has to offer and the tendency to try to fit as much into each day as possible, but that doesn’t negate the major reason I am here. CTR has been a whirlwind to say the least. Not totally what I expected, but what ever is. It’s been exciting, though a bit unorganized, and while demanding and even frustrating at times, still overall rewarding. I already feel I have made decent progress in my German language skills (not surprising having started at a level of zero), and am enjoying the critical, professional feedback and writing work.
While it’s been a challenge planning and managing my time, it has also been a good reminder to make the most of each situation and take things as they come. Overall, having arrived safely on the other side of the first ten days, I just wanted to take a time-out to reiterate how thankful I am to everyone who contributed in any way towards my being here, and pass along that it was, is, and will continue to be time and money well spent!