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9,701 kmfrom home
"It wasn't easy to come here. I had to give up a lot. But I knew I had to do it."
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"I'm from Colombia, I'm 27 years old and I'm studying Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance."

"I've lived in Germany now for almost two years. I can still recall the day I left Colombia. It was the first time I would be traveling to Europe and the first time I would be traveling without my family."

"It was a wild jumble of emotions. With 12 hours, it was also my longest flight up to now. When I left the airplane, I was mostly surprised that the Berlin airport was nothing special, nothing I hadn't already seen in Colombia."

"Also, the Internet is worse here than in Colombia. The first thing I ate here in Germany was a Kebab. I only realized the next day that I was actually in Germany and that my dream, for which I had worked for so long, had finally come true."

"My time here feels like a ride on a roller coaster. Sometimes I feel 'On Top of The World', and in the next moment, it's incredibly hard again to be so far away from my father, my mother and my sister."

"It wasn't easy to come here. I had to give up a lot. But I knew I had to do it. Not only because of my studies, but especially in order to find myself."

"I'm a big fan of history – and I love military courts. I remember watching movies about the World Wars as a kid and being fascinated with Germany's ability to always get up again and come back stronger."

"Berlin and I just worked immediately. It unites the best things from Germany and the best things from all over the world in one place. Dirty and clean, order and chaos, German and Internationality. It's a very fragile, but beautiful balance."

"In Germany, especially at my university, I was surrounded by people who were incredibly good at what they were doing. This experience humbles you because you learn to learn from other people."

"And I realized that I had a long way to go in order to be better. Not only on a professional or academic level. I want to be a better person, a better man, a better friend, a better son and a better brother."

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