Ashley in Germany

Ashley is a junior majoring in flute performance in Meadows School of the Arts and environmental studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2012, she is participating in SMU-in-Germany.

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First day of class, and an SMU alum in Germany

Today was the first day of classes!  A few of us woke up early to run in the park this morning at 8 a.m.  The sun rises quite early here, so I’m usually awake around 6:30 a.m. (which is really strange).  The weather is still gorgeous, and after running we all showered and grabbed breakfast at the bakery.  We ran into an SMU graduate, David Yi, who is currently pursuing his graduate’s degree in conducting at the Bauhaus University! He chatted with us over breakfast about our classes and the best places to eat.

Enjoying bratwursts

I had my cultural formations class from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in which we covered historical facts about German nationalism (pre-Germany).  We got out 15 minutes early to grab lunch so Tyler, Lisa and I ran over to the Platz to grab bratwursts, which were pretty delicious!  Conducting class was 1-3 p.m., and I thoroughly enjoyed today’s lesson.  Time to practice conducting stance and transposition!

After classes, I headed to the park with Tyler, Lisa and Christianne to enjoy the weather and do some reading for class.  When we got there, we found plenty of other students who had the same idea!  However, we could only stay for about an hour because we then had a 2-hour walking tour of Weimar.

A beautiful garden on our tour

The tour was actually really interesting. This small town was critical to Germany’s social and political development as a whole.  After grabbing dinner with my classmates, I came back to the apartment to read and prepare for another day of classes.

I hear the tutors are taking us to a neighboring city via train tomorrow after we get out of classes. I’m pretty excited for our activities, and this weekend we are traveling to Berlin for the weekend.  I’ve actually started to pick up on common phrases  and I can count up to 12 in German! I’ll keep working on it.

Tschüss! (Bye!)

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