Helen Appleby, History Student
Fourth-year history student Helen Appleby has been named Young Ambassador under the German Academic Exchange Service.
Ms Appleby participated in a year-long exchange at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as part of her History Major, Business German Minor and International Studies Certificate. Her primary goal while on exchange was to improve her German skills, but she also hoped to gain a new perspective on the European history she was studying.
“It was a huge challenge, both with the language and navigating a new system,” she says of her year abroad. “I think that it taught me to be more understanding and to be patient.”
Courses that were unique from those offered at Queen’s, as well as the opportunity to travel and see the history she was studying, added new dimensions to Ms Appleby’s educational experience.
“It was more interesting because I acquired knowledge on something that is a little different,” she said. “It has really given depth to my degree…I am now functionally bilingual and that gives me the upper hand on research, especially in dealing with European topics.”
Ms Appleby’s role as a Young Ambassador through the German Academic Exchange Service, or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), requires her to promote study abroad opportunities in Germany, provide information about the DAAD and share her international experiences at Queen’s.
The DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The agency's ultimate goal is to build relationships between academic institutions around the world. For more information about the organization and its Young Ambassador program, please visit its website.