Adri Kornfein (she/her) - Stanford in Berlin
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: German Studies
College year while abroad: Sophomore
About the photo: Enjoying a nice fall evening at the Sanssouci Palace right outside of Berlin. Beautiful castle and gardens once belonging to Frederick the Great.
Why did you choose to study in Berlin?
I chose Berlin because I wanted to delve deep into German culture and language. My mother and brother both studied abroad in Germany, and I loved carrying on the family tradition.
What were your expectations before you went and how did they change once you were in Berlin?
I had always heard that Berlin was a rather grungy, grey city. I was surprised by the amount of parks and green spaces that are preserved throughout the city, and how the artistic underbelly brings the city to life with murals, art, and even colorful graffiti.
What were some of the academic benefits from studying abroad in Berlin?
I had the best language instruction of my life while studying in Berlin! I advanced incredibly in my ability to communicate, read, speak and write.
What did you learn about yourself while studying abroad?
I learned how to enjoy spending time by myself. While I had a wonderful cohort to share my study abroad experience with, I really enjoyed spending time in museums absorbing the beautiful art alone or taking myself out to Kaffee und Kuchen.
What was the most challenging experience you encountered while abroad and what did you learn from it?
I think getting sick. I caught a bad case of the flu while abroad, and one truly misses ones home when you are not feeling well in a country you aren't 100% comfortable surrounded by people you just met. It gave me an appreciation for the kindness of new friends who went out of their way to assist me.
What was the biggest cultural adjustment you had to make?
I participated in BOSP during the Energy Crisis, and everyone was hyperaware of the electricity and water usage. This was a change for me, but I think for the better as I am now more aware!
What was your favorite part of everyday life?
Taking the U-Bahn! I love love love public transportation.
What was the most memorable experience you had while in Berlin?
Will Trip to Poland. It was truly eye-opening getting to meet with Ukrainian refugees and exploring a country I had never had the opportunity to learn about.
What 5 words would you use to describe the experience?
Independence, Exploration, Public Transportation, Art, Friendships.
What was your favorite food?
Vietnamese Food (Its really good in Berlin).
What was the most valuable item you took on the program?
What was your favorite music/band you discovered in Berlin?