Updated date:

An Exhilarating Experience Made Possible by My German Professor

I love to write essays, short stories, and fiction. And I am glad to share them here.

Pic: An Exhilarating Experience Owing to Professor Kreitmeier

Pic: An Exhilarating Experience Owing to Professor Kreitmeier

My first semester at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany had just completed in February 2004. It was a break from the university after the exams. Many of my friends had gone to their home countries for a short vacation. But for me, it was not possible to do so because of the high air ticket costs. I remained behind. Then the blues set in. I started to miss my family very much. I tried to divert my attention to various other issues but in vain. Tolerating each day in this foreign land became very painful for me, but somehow, I managed to survive.

Soon the break was over, and it was time to begin a new semester. I remember we were asked to do a 3-day short introductory course, Presentation Techniques. It was an exciting new course for us. We learned how to recall new faces and their names, mind mapping, increase our concentration power on various objects, and a whole lot of other things. We were also taught presentation techniques that the university authorities believed would especially help for our upcoming thesis presentation in the last semester. On the last day, we were asked to present something of our choice for 3-5 minutes in front of the whole class.

The night before the presentation day I tried to think of a suitable topic to present. I played around with a whole lot of topics. The Transport System in Germany. I wrote a draft for it. Then I thought everyone in Germany was acquainted with it. It was nothing new. I thought about the topic, "How I Feel About the People of Germany." But then I changed my mind because I might somehow hurt their sentiments. Then I remembered a line, "You always excel in something that you truly know about.”

I thought of my family and remembered how I had missed my family that I truly know about. And therefore, I took the final decision that I would present the topic, “My Family” the next day.

I jotted down some features about my family, some real aspects such as, where my family now lives, the members of my family, where we had been during our childhood, our educational backgrounds and the painful death of my father, and the departure of my two younger sisters for the USA. Then, with a purple-colored sketch pen, I wrote down some important points about my family on a transparency that I was to present the next day. Doing so and rehearsing for some time, I was satisfied. I went to bed in a pleasant mood.

The next day arrived. I took the yellow underground U-Bahn train to my university. It was almost time for the presentation. My classmates started to present one by one. I felt a little nervous, but I was confident. At last, my turn came in. I went in front of the class, put my transparency on the top of the projector, and began.

Pic: Jotted Down Points about My Family on My Transparency

Pic: Jotted Down Points about My Family on My Transparency

I was anxious at the beginning, but as I had practiced the previous night, I didn't make any flaws. I spoke intelligently, smoothly, and fluently. I came to the end of my speech soon, and the whole class went chill.

I remember the last words of my speech. “My father has left my family for good. My two younger sisters are in the US, and I am not sure if they will return to my home country ever. But I am here in Germany, counting my days, waiting to graduate successfully from my master’s program and go back to my home country and give a warm and loving company to my family back there and take with me sweet memories of my stay in Germany.”

After hearing my speech, the whole class was moved, including the professor. The professor had the most understanding face. She said gravely, “That was quite a speech, Rosina. We all feel with you.“

I was feeling extremely happy. I made an impression on everyone. I had made it successfully and went home very joyous that day.

Two days later, a German female classmate said, “Professor Kreitmeier wants to see you in her office." I was puzzled. We had just finished her 3-day short course successfully, and why did she want to see me.

I went to her office immediately. The professor addressed me enthusiastically. She said, “I have news for you.” And out of a white envelope, she produced me 700 euros. She said, "This is your two-way air ticket fare to your country. I can't stand seeing you go homesick."

Tears streamed down my cheeks. It was my turn to feel moved. I couldn't speak for some time. When I gained back my composure, I thanked her warmly. We hugged. She said, "Don't go to your country now. Go in the summer break." I nodded and came out of her office exhilarated.

After the second semester was over, there was indeed a one-month summer holiday. I took the opportunity to buy my two-way air ticket with the 700 euros given by my professor. Having done so, accordingly that summer, I had a memorable vacation in Dhaka. After my holiday, I had gone back to my university for a six-month-long thesis course.

Finishing that course successfully, I had attended my graduation ceremony where Professor Kreitmeier turned up, surprising me pleasantly. I was conferred upon the honorable MSc. degree in Software Technology. I took photos with Professor Kreitmeier, my friends, and of course, my supervising thesis professor, Professor Dorothee Koch. After that, I came back to Dhaka.

Pic: Professor Kreitmeier and Myself at the Graduation Ceremony

Pic: Professor Kreitmeier and Myself at the Graduation Ceremony

Pic: Myself, Thesis Supervisor: Professor Dorothee Koch, and My Best Friend: Haiying (Helen)

Pic: Myself, Thesis Supervisor: Professor Dorothee Koch, and My Best Friend: Haiying (Helen)

The last words of my speech had turned out a reality. As far as the sweet memories of Germany were concerned, Professor Kreitmeier would be one of the most indelible and sweetest memories. Because who can forget the kindness and goodwill of that noble professor who not only helped me to overcome my homesickness but also encouraged me to boost my soul with new vigor to become a competent master's graduate.

© 2021 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on October 03, 2021:

Read about My Exhilarating Experience. You will find it amazing. Find some time to leave your gracious comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 29, 2021:

Yes, my professor did help me overcome my homesickness when I was in Germany. I will remember her kindness for a lifetime for sure. Thank you for liking my pictures.

I really appreciate your comments, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

A pleasant read, and thank you for sharing your experiences. How nice of you to remember your professor, who helped you overcome your homesickness!

Some people leave an impact on us, for the whole life, and it’s good to be grateful for that.

You look great in the pictures. Thank you for sharing!

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 29, 2021:

I am pleased, Ankita, that you loved reading this experience. Yes, my professor was a rare woman. And I also think yes, my speech made an impression on her and the rest of the class. I am glad you liked the photographs.

Thank you for your lovely comments. I really appreciate them.

Ankita B on September 29, 2021:

I loved reading this, Rosina. Not many people would have done what the professor did. Your speech definitely did make an impression. It was also great to look at the photographs. Thank you for sharing this experience of yours.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 29, 2021:

Yes, Nithya, my professor helped me to overcome my homesickness and become a successful master's graduate. I remember her kindness to this day.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 29, 2021:

Your professor is such a sweet, kind and generous person. She helped you get over your homesickness and you successfully graduated inspite of being so far away from your family.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

Yes, John, it was really a kind gesture on behalf of the professor. I am unable to forget her kindness years later till today. Yes, I am happy about my accomplishments abroad.

Thank you for your gracious comments. I really appreciate them.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 28, 2021:

What a kind gesture on behalf of the professor. I am sure you will never forget such kindness, Rosina. You should be proud of being able to study successfully in foreign countries without your family close by for support. Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

Yes, I believe talking about my family and homeland was the right choice because God did work in mysterious ways to bring me home for a visit.

I appreciate your comments, Brenda. Thank you so much.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 28, 2021:

Rosina

First of all it took guts to speak in front of everyone.

But talking about your homeland and family was the right choice.

Ya see...they tell us God works in mysterious ways.

This is how he worked for you.

He had you touch the hearts of others, this bringing you home for a visit.

Great story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

Yes, Professor Kreitmeier was a rare one to have given me the two-way air ticket fare. It was a dream of mine to complete an MSc in the field of Computer Science. I am really very happy about my accomplishments.

Thank you, Denise, for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 28, 2021:

Not too many professors would have done such a thing. I cannot imagine being so far from home. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

Blessings,

Denise

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

Yes, it was very sweet of my professor to give me the round-trip ticket home. I am glad to know your German friend used to work once at a hospital in Stuttgart.

Thank you so much for your gracious comments. I really appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2021:

What a sweet thing for your professor to have done in giving you that round-trip ticket home! My German friend who now lives in Herrenberg, used to work in the operating room at a hospital in Stuttgart.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed my story, Fran. Yes, my professor was a very special woman.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it.

frances rooks on September 28, 2021:

Rosina, such a heartwarming story. I also believe in 'okaying it forward' and wish more of us did that small act. Your prof sounds like one of a kind. Thanks for sharing your story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

I am delighted, Bill, this piece made you smile. I appreciate your comments so much. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 28, 2021:

A wonderful memory that made me smile. I love "feel good" moments like this one. Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

I am pleased, Pamela, you enjoyed the experience. Yes, my speech made an impression on everyone including the professor.

Thank you for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading about your experience, Rosina. That professor was so thoughtful, and your speech obviously made an impression. Thank you sharing your experience.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

I am glad, Dora, you enjoyed this experience. Yes, my professor saw that I am worthy of her kindness. Thank you for the congratulations.

I appreciate your comments so much.

Dora Weithers on September 28, 2021:

Rosina, thank you for sharing this blessed experience. Your professor saw that you deserved such kindness. Congratulations on your success.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 28, 2021:

I am happy you loved my article, Misbah. Yes, I remember Professor Kreitmeier in a positive light to this day. Yes, without families, we are nothing.

I appreciate your comments. Thank you so much.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 28, 2021:

Rosina, I loved reading your hub. It's very generous of you to tell us about yourself. Some teachers are exceptional, and they should be honored. I appreciate you remembering your teacher in positive terms even after such a long period. That's very thoughtful of you!! and Family, I think we are nothing without our families.

Thanks for sharing. God bless you!! Amen.

Blessings always!!!

Related Articles