Languages have always been a passion of mine, but it took me quite a while to realize that they are what I want to deal with in terms of my career. Like many people, I had different ideas while growing up about who I want to become as an adult, including policeman, lawyer, and diplomat. However, I ruled out all of them for one reason or another. Ultimately, in my second to last year in high school, I realized that I want to delve further into foreign languages, so I decided to apply for English and Russian (teaching profession) and ended up in the lovely university city of Göttingen.
The fundament for all of this, as I already mentioned, was laid in school, and I would like to go more into detail. In School, I took every language class I possibly could, which were four in total. First, I took ten years of English classes, from year ten until graduatio. I must say that English and I had a love-hate-relationship for a very long time, which finally turned into love. There were several reasons for this. First, I was always a little bored in English classes. I did very well in exams and received above average grades, although I almost never studied for the exams. Second, I used English in class only for a very long time, so I had no motivation to improve my English, except for good grades. Last but not least, I had a German and history teacher who was very keen on teaching her subjects, but I remember that she claimed on several occassions that anglicisms would make the German language ugly. In her opinion, English was a language with a limited vocabulary (as opposed to the respectable German language) and a fairly easy grammar. At that time, I was a student who was capable of being influenced and did not know better, but now I know that her claims were utter nonsense. In its history, the English language took in many loan words which lead to a vast vocabulary. In terms of grammar, the German tense system is a walk in the park compared to the English one. Luckily, in my last years of high school, I had an ambitious young English teacher who aroused my passion for the English language.