Hey guys 🙂
I am Melissa and to answer the first question that might come to your mind: No, I’m not adopted by my parents. So why is this blog named “The adoptive sister”?
A very important part of my life is the “Adopt a student program” of the University of applied sciences in Bremen. I’ve been a member of that program since it exists and that’s quite long (8 years…I guess). The program is about “adopting” a foreign student to help him getting along in Germany, because sometimes it can be really hard to live in a foreign country. Most of the German people, who “adopt” a student are old enough to be their parents, like my aunt (I’m doing this program together with her). But when the program started I was maybe 10 years old, so it would be weird to call me an adoptive parent. That’s why I am the adoptive sister of a lot students all over the world. And I am so so so happy to have such a big family.
I started this blog to share my experiences with my adoptive brothers and sisters. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, countries and languages. I want to show you great the advantages of respecting others, cultural differences and dealing with prejudices. We live in a world that gets smaller and smaller every single day. Let’s make the best of it.
So maybe you’d like to know a little bit more about me. I am a 19 year old girl from Germany, but I wouldn’t say that I’m typical German. I live in a small village, near to Bremen (the city of the town musicians) and I am quite sure that in my village there are more cows than people. I kind of fled the boredom of my village when I was 10 years old by joining our firefighter youth group and since I am 16 years old I am a volunteer firefighter. Isn’t that cool? My other hobbies are Pilates, swimming and travelling of course. Right now I’m doing a voluntary year as a paramedic and I hope that I can study medicine after that.