October 23, 2021


Through Education Matters

Palmer Ridge grad earns Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, will devote calendar year in Germany | Thetribune

MONUMENT • A 2021 Palmer Ridge Higher College graduate will spend her subsequent yr in Germany soon after earning a prestigious scholarship.

Ana Burmeister is one particular of 250 American superior school learners from across the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Trade Scholarship for the 2021-22 educational year. The CBYX is a bilateral exchange application co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of State and German Bundestag (Parliament).

The Council on Intercontinental Academic Trade, a nonprofit review abroad and intercultural trade corporation, announced the award in a information launch.

As a CBYX scholar, Burmeister will shell out the academic 12 months in Germany dwelling with a host spouse and children, attending a German substantial faculty and taking part in a language and cultural coaching software to gain a much better understanding of German society, language and day to day existence.

“I feel elated,” Burmeister said. “As each individual working day receives closer to the working day I leave, I get additional thrilled and a lot more anxious. It also will make me seriously grateful, scince not quite a few people get to expertise some thing like this, so I truly want to get the most out of this encounter as feasible.

“I am completely ready to go away Colorado and the U.S. and be able to go to a totally unique, new location.”

Burmeister will also have a likelihood to visit German Bundestag, satisfy with American and German government officials, participate in intercultural seminars and discover the place via excursions to nearby towns and historical web-sites.

The CBYX method is mutually funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and it was designed to foster a mutual being familiar with and strengthen ties involving Germany and the U.S. by citizen diplomacy.

“I hope I will know German really properly by the finish of the method in mid-June (2022),” Burmeister said. “I anticipate that I will know a great deal far more about German traditions and tradition, together with politics and geography and the schooling program.”

Presently, Burmeister is a beginner when it will come to the German language. She hopes to type a fantastic romantic relationship with her host family, who has not been assigned as of yet. By the expertise, she aspires to turn into extra culturally informed, adaptable, experienced and a responsible person, she reported.

Burmeister feels she was selected for the scholarship primarily based on her really hard function, which include her academic file. She was rated very first academically her sophomore 12 months, and in her senior calendar year she was awarded the AP Scholar award. Nonetheless, the new Palmer Ridge alumna has experienced her share of troubles.

“I went by means of a university capturing in Florida in 2018,” Burmeister said. “But I acquired the relevance of lifetime and offering back to the group through volunteering. … I wouldn’t be in which I am these days without the need of the aid of my spouse and children and lots of of my former teachers.”

Given that it’s inception in 1983, the CIEE program has enabled more than 27,000 learners to broaden their intercultural knowing, fortify their management competencies and grow to be global citizens. All members become element of a world community of the U.S. Office of Point out plan alumni.

Burmeister is an aspiring polyglot, anyone who knows and employs a number of languages. Presently, she is focusing on German. She describes herself as shy or introverted, hard-operating, persevering and academic. She also understands Spanish relatively properly and would like to study Catalan and Italian in the in close proximity to upcoming.

“Language mastering will in all probability generally be at minimum a pastime for me, if not also translate into a vocation,” Burmeister explained.

Despite the fact that she has not yet determined a occupation route, she aspires to show up at university in the U.S. and has gotten a variety of acceptance features from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to Harvard. She has often aspired to attend a non-English speaking college.

Burmeister feels she may key in psychology or neuroscience, perhaps linguistics or cognitive science. The research of the brain really passions her, and quite possibly a investigation-oriented career.

Not only do American pupils go overseas to Germany, but German college students also arrive to live and study in the U.S. by the exchange. To find out much more about web hosting an global significant university trade scholar coming to the Monument spot for the 2021-22 educational year, pay a visit to ciee.org/host-family members.