MONUMENT • A 2021 Palmer Ridge Significant School graduate will spend her following yr in Germany after earning a prestigious scholarship.
Ana Burmeister is one particular of 250 American high university students from throughout the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic 12 months. The CBYX is a bilateral exchange plan co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag (Parliament).
The Council on Intercontinental Instructional Trade, a nonprofit research abroad and intercultural trade group, declared the award in a news release.
As a CBYX scholar, Burmeister will invest the tutorial calendar year in Germany living with a host loved ones, attending a German higher college and collaborating in a language and cultural training method to attain a improved comprehending of German tradition, language and everyday lifestyle.
“I feel elated,” Burmeister stated. “As every single working day receives nearer to the working day I depart, I get additional excited and a lot more nervous. It also tends to make me truly grateful, scince not lots of persons get to encounter one thing like this, so I definitely want to get the most out of this knowledge as possible.
“I am all set to go away Colorado and the U.S. and be ready to go to a entirely diverse, new location.”
Burmeister will also have a probability to visit German Bundestag, meet with American and German authorities officers, participate in intercultural seminars and investigate the region by excursions to close by cities and historical sites.
The CBYX system is mutually funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and it was created to foster a mutual comprehension and improve ties between Germany and the U.S. as a result of citizen diplomacy.
“I assume I will know German extremely very well by the close of the method in mid-June (2022),” Burmeister claimed. “I expect that I will know a ton extra about German traditions and tradition, along with politics and geography and the instruction procedure.”
Presently, Burmeister is a beginner when it comes to the German language. She hopes to variety a superior romance with her host household, who has not been assigned as of however. As a result of the practical experience, she aspires to turn into extra culturally conscious, flexible, mature and a accountable man or woman, she said.
Burmeister feels she was picked for the scholarship primarily based on her difficult work, which include her tutorial file. She was ranked 1st academically her sophomore yr, and in her senior calendar year she was awarded the AP Scholar award. Having said that, the new Palmer Ridge alumna has had her share of issues.
“I went via a faculty taking pictures in Florida in 2018,” Burmeister mentioned. “But I realized the value of lifestyle and supplying again to the community through volunteering. … I wouldn’t be where I am right now with out the assist of my loved ones and lots of of my former academics.”
Given that it’s inception in 1983, the CIEE software has enabled extra than 27,000 pupils to develop their intercultural understanding, reinforce their leadership expertise and grow to be international citizens. All individuals grow to be section of a world network of the U.S. Section of Point out application alumni.
Burmeister is an aspiring polyglot, somebody who is familiar with and uses numerous languages. Presently, she is focusing on German. She describes herself as shy or introverted, tough-working, persevering and tutorial. She also understands Spanish reasonably well and would like to learn Catalan and Italian in the around upcoming.
“Language mastering will likely always be at least a hobby for me, if not also translate into a job,” Burmeister explained.
Although she has not nonetheless determined a career route, she aspires to show up at college in the U.S. and has gotten a wide range of acceptance offers from College of Colorado at Colorado Springs to Harvard. She has normally aspired to show up at a non-English talking university.
Burmeister feels she may important in psychology or neuroscience, potentially linguistics or cognitive science. The examine of the head really pursuits her, and perhaps a study-oriented job.
Not only do American pupils go overseas to Germany, but German college students also appear to dwell and analyze in the U.S. by way of the exchange. To master extra about internet hosting an worldwide significant faculty exchange scholar coming to the Monument place for the 2021-22 academic year, stop by ciee.org/host-families.