Hannah Peter grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada, and is currently attending Brock University. She is studying Women’s and Gender Studies, with minors in Intercultural Studies and German. Her hobbies include reading, swimming and photography. She is hoping to spend more time taking photos this year and visit friends in cities across the world, such as Toronto (Canada), Verona (Italy) and Mannheim (Germany). She encourages anyone and everyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone to go to Germany, explore its beautiful cities and nature, and experience its amazing and friendly people.

Our DAAD network is a vast and global net of connections between DAAD award winners, ambassadors, alumni, grant holders, future applicants – all united by their love for study and research abroad and all things German. We asked Hannah few questions about her work and experience:

1. What sparked your interest in the German language or Germany in general?

On my first day in Berlin when I was seventeen years old, I had the feeling that this was the city I would live in one day. The atmosphere of the city- relaxed, yet busy- drew me in and finally, three years later, I was on a plane to spend a year in Germany and start learning the German language.

2. You have been selected as a DAAD Young Ambassador for the academic year 2019/2020. How did you hear about the Young Ambassador Program?

I heard about the Young Ambassador (YA) program when I was referred to the YA at my University and began to research and learn more about the program. I was then approached by my International Office and asked to be my university’s nomination for the 2019/2020 academic year.

3. Why do you want to be a Young Ambassador? What are some of your plans to promote Germany as a destination abroad to your fellow students?

I want to be a YA because of the opportunities DAAD has for students pursuing a wide variety of disciplines and interests. I believe the DAAD has the full interest of the student in their intentions and generous opportunities for funding. I also want students to be able to explore new things and most importantly, know about the opportunities they have before them, unlike I did when I was on my way to Germany.

4. Where in Germany have you been?

I spent one year in Remagen, a small town in Rheinland-Pfalz, famous for Die Bruecke von Remagen and its stunning location directly on the River Rhein.  In Remagen, I studied for one year as an international Student.  One year later, I spent two months in Kassel, where I participated in the Canadian Summer School in Germany program. During my time in Germany, I traveled quite a bit around the country, seeing cities such as Cologne, Berlin, and Bonn, where I would like to live one day.

5. What advice would you give to students who are thinking of choosing your field of study, particularly those considering an experience abroad?

For those who are considering an experience abroad, the most important advice I could give you is to deeply consider why you are going abroad in the first place. Do not think in terms of what looks best on your CV or anything like that. Consider what you want to do when you’re there, who you want to meet and who you want to be. When I was looking into the University of Koblenz in Remagen, a university of only 3000 people, I knew this would be a great match for me because I wanted a more personal experience with the university and the local students, people and life in Germany. I knew that a large school, with 100+ International students, would not be a good match for my goals as an International Student.