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On my first day at the academy in Reiherwerder am Tegeler See - probably the most beautiful campus Germany has to offer - I can remember as if it were yesterday. Behind the security gate, a paved road leads to the academy, right through a beautiful nature reserve with old trees and lively flora and fauna. You can often see foxes on their daily rounds. In the academy itself there is an inspiring atmosphere, supported by internationality, cosmopolitanism and great friendliness. In the corridors of the academy there are portraits of the entire foreign ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany - it fills you with awe and respect and a lot of pride to be part of it now.

In the five-month, theory-intensive introductory course, you will become familiar with, among other things, consular law, civil law, constitutional and administrative law and budget accounting. This is followed by a two-month internship at the headquarters of the Foreign Office, during which you can gain your first important experience and put the theoretically acquired knowledge into practice. This is followed by the long-awaited highlight: the nine-month internship abroad at a German diplomatic mission. I was allowed to do the internship in Windhoek, Namibia, which was at the top of my list of preferences. The Windhoek Embassy is an ideal candidate, as the representation is rather small and you settle in quickly. In addition, Namibia is scenically and historically beautiful and eventful.

For me it was very important and clear from an early age to pursue a job with an international dimension. After an orientation year in South Africa and Ghana, I decided to study African Studies, which I successfully completed with a bachelor's degree.

I was enthusiastic about the work of the Foreign Service very early on. The opportunity to become part of a country for a certain period of time, to immerse myself in its culture and to broaden my horizons motivates me.

For me, being open to the world means changing perspectives, staying curious and engaging with different people with different languages ​​and views.

Work and family can be easily reconciled with the Federal Foreign Office. Moving to Namibia, for example, has had a positive effect on our son's development. His English has improved significantly and he was able to make his own intercultural experiences. It is an amazing asset for all family members.

I can't wait to start my first post abroad after my career exam, wherever it may be in the world.