NDR Summer School 2018!

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Regina Stünkel of NDR and Myself

Yes! I’m here and I’m doing this! I wanted this so bad… an opportunity to interact with journalists and media professionals on a daily basis in Germany. To see if i could really fit in, the workload and generally… the journalism world abroad. There’s a saying that goes… Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it! Nothing can ever beat this quote because it runs deep!

NDR is an abbreviation for Norddeutscher  Rundfunk… the biggest in North Germany. It’s a reputable media house that runs several radio and Tv stations and an Online department. Getting the opportunity to be affiliated with such a big, renowned brand was and will always be a big deal… a dream come true!

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Myself during a Radio session

The Summer school has been running for 3 consecutive years and we were the third group; its main aim is to give aspiring journalists or people with media background, who have immigration status an outlook on what professional journalism is all about in Germany… NDR to be precise.

I sent my application on a saturday afternoon as soon as I saw the advert on Facebook. That was a day after the deadline. Luckily, I still got selected to be part of this years Summer School… better late than never!

The Summer school has been exciting! Alongside 13 other colleagues, all with  immigration backgrounds, I’ve learned so much! Conducting an interview, Editing with professional and high-end softwares, everything to do with production; both Radio and TV not forgetting online content creation… just to mention a few! We even got voice training from a professional… Ulrike. The 2 weeks were so intense with daily programes running from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Exhausting but totally worth every second.

Petra Stegman of NDR and Myself

In the 2 weeks each participant got free accommodation (lunch and dinner inclusive) and train tickets. One time I had to leave for a few hours for a job interview, one of our amazing facilitator Jörg, handed me train tickets for the trip. Although the trip was solely for my own benefit and interest. I mean he didn’t have to do it. I was both surprised and touched in equal measure by his kind gesture. Indeed no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.

Having had the chance to be on radio and listening to myself thereafter, I’m unstoppable now! Don’t get me wrong, I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Technology but my university had no infrastructure comparable to what I’ve seen at NDR! This has been like heaven on earth for me and an eye opener.

One of the TV studios

I’m forever very grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of something so beautiful and purposeful. I got to meet award-winning journalists like Andreas Cichowicz, top NDR management and amazing staff members! Our chef was particularly amazing… haha (I’m a foodie)

To the brains behind the Summer School, our facilitator; Jörg, Regina, Andreas, Andy, Andrea, Hilke and Ulrike…Thank you for being there for us all through the Summer School 2018. Your guidance meant so much. The Hanover Stadts tour was very educative and totally cool. Thanks Jörg for organizing it.

As I walk out of the NDR Hanover premises, I’m a very happy person, but above all; I walk out more confident, motivated, inspired and well equipped for greater things ahead. I leave with the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind on with the right tools, team and guidance.

 

 

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To my 13 colleagues; it was great meeting you all and working together. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Cheers!

Zitat: No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid –Lupita Nyongo.

My 2017 Highlights

2017 has been one of my best years… I would love to share with you my top 10 personal moments; what contributed to making this year one of my best years ever!

  1. Getting married!
    Yeeey! This was the spotlight! For those who didn’t know, I kissed the singles club goodbye in May and there’s been no looking back. It’s my biggest highlight of 2017 I must admit.IMG_20170902_192644_397
  2. Learning a new language
    I learned German… how interesting! “Sehr interessant” I would say. Well, I’m still in the process of learning and it’s not a walk in the park. Mark Twain said, “A gifted person ought to learn English (baring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days and German in thirty years”… How motivating. hahaha
  3. Getting my blog up and running
    This was a very skeptical move for me as I’d created this blog in 2015, wrote two posts which are still saved as drafts to date. I’m grateful to my inner voice and my family for encouraging me to share my thoughts with the world. Looking back, I wish I had this confidence two years ago but everything happens for a reason and I’m glad this is happening now.
  4. Moving to Europe
    This was a bold move for me this year. In mid-July, I packed my bags, sold my car and moved to Germany to join my husband. We were both so happy when my visa was finally approved. This came after a failed attempt the previous year (2016) when we were still engaged. Anyway, here we are today living together; sometimes we both can’t believe it’s really happening.
  5. Experiencing Fall and Winter
    This was just mind-blowing. Wow! Growing up in Kenya, I always wanted to see snow  and I finally got the chance to see it fall from the sky and even touch it. Such a beautiful experience. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take any pictures of myself playing with snow and I’m yet to build snow-man. 😉
  6. Meeting my German family
    I was really nervous before the first big meeting. We had Skype calls and texted on Whatsapp but it’s really different when you get to meet people in person. I guess it’s just human to be anxious. Well, it turned out great. I mean who wouldn’t love having me as an in-law? (Pun intended). Hahaha
  7. Christmas in my new home
    Every bit of Christmas here, known as Weihnachten was astonishing and I’m looking forward to many more.  I also tasted different typical German dishes during the Christmas period and gave out gifts!IMG-20171204-WA0002
  8. Making new friends
    I currently have close friends from Greece (Eleni) and Ireland (David) … how awesome! The icing on the cake is the fact that I interact with people from over ten different countries on a daily basis. So I’m still in the process of learning more about my colleagues and their cultures and I’m loving every minute of it as they are all amazing and my neighbor is so sweet too.

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    Eleni and I
  9. Getting my rent deposit back
    If you live in Kenya you know how it’s close to impossible to get your deposit back when you move out. Guess what? I got my deposit back in March (Not the whole amount of course). It made it to this list! haha
  10. Driving on the right
    This is still very strange to me as we drive on the left back in Kenya. But I’m proud of myself for trying. I’ve only done it a few times and I was so freaked out because it just doesn’t feel right. hahaha
    Well, they say practice makes perfect, that got me looking forward to being the pro driver I’ve always been, in this coming year. 2018 goals!

To all my readers;
∼Thank you for taking your time to read my posts. I look at my stats everyday and I’m awed. You give me the motivation to write more and more and reading all your comments warms my heart.
∼I wish you all a happy new year filled with peace, love and all your hearts desires.
∼Above all remember to begin each day with a grateful heart.

I love you all ♥♥♥