Globetrotter in Boston – Meet Nadine

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My name is Nadine, and I’m pretty much as international as one can be 🙂

I’m incredibly excited to be contributing to this blog with insights on all ends around the international student experience. I’ll be interviewing international students and share your own, unique stories.  To start, I’ll tell you a little bit about my story, how I loved being an international student, how I became a mentor for other international students, and how I want to help you get the most out of your time studying abroad!

Born and raised in Germany to parents who immigrated from Poland, we traveled a lot through all of Europe in my early childhood, visiting many different countries. At the age of 15 I decided to take my first solo-adventure by spending a high school year in the United States.  Despite not being familiar with the English language initially, by the end of the year, not only did I graduate as an A-Student, but more importantly, I learned and lived a new culture for the first time in my life.  I went through a lot of ups and downs throughout the year.  I grew stronger emotionally, developed my interpersonal skills, I had to become more extroverted to make new friends, and I also learned that you have to “jump into the water before you can learn how to swim”.  Adapting to a new culture, living with a family that has different values and believes, you just have to learn to become more open minded about the world.

This first experience set the ball rolling and after I returned to Germany to graduate from  high school, I packed my belongings and moved to England, where I obtained my BA in International Business with Spanish. I also encountered my second dose of culture shock!  Making new friends and adjusting was easier this time, as my English was better. During the four year program, I couldn’t keep my feet still and completed the third year of my studies in Spain. I learned the Spanish language, and also lived a third new culture, a significantly Mediterranean one.

My year abroad in Spain was probably the most difficult for me.  I was pretty much on my own to enroll in school, choose courses, finding housing, and making friends.  In addition, it didn’t help that most Spaniards only speak Spanish!  On the other hand, this forced me to study harder and it inspired me to help other international students in the future. Upon my return to England, I became Vice President of the International Student Society at my school.  I helped International Students settle in, I organized events throughout the year including trips to various places, weekly coffee hours, mentoring international students, and made lifetime friends with people from all over the world.

Since then, I haven’t stopped exploring more cultures!  After graduating from University, I moved to Poland for a couple of months to study Polish culture and language.  I moved back to Germany, worked for a South Korean company and was delighted to learn more about the Asian culture through all my Korean colleagues, including a visit to Seoul.

Three years ago I decided it was time for yet another change.  I quit my job, sold most of my belongings except for clothes and my laptop, and moved to Boston, MA.  Ever since I’ve been working for international companies, I joined the startup community, started to learn Italian, I’m mentoring International students from abroad, as well as American kids who are studying abroad.

I’m pretty sure that after reading this, you can tell that I’m an international fanatic who is extremely happy to share my experiences, knowledge and listen to and answer any questions you may have here on peerTransfer’s blog!

 

2 Responses to Globetrotter in Boston – Meet Nadine

  1. becca says:

    Really enjoyed reading your post Nadine and can definitely identify with some of your experiences the leaps and bounds of being an international student. I also get itchy feet staying in one place for too long and love the challenge of a new city so decided to take my year out in New York City. I’m from small town (one pub and lots of fields) in the British countryside so, although a lot of fun, moving to a big city can take it’s toll and the long hours I’m working for my internship mean that I am exhausted by the end of the week and even more so after a weekend of socialising as I try to meet new people. Perhaps I will adjust to this lifestyle over time? I hope so!

  2. Osmin says:

    Hi . This is Osmin Altamirano From Nicaragua

    I am to be here for a this time so i want to export my coffee from My country …. Its good and have a good sabor who knows how to get buyers

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