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Aline: I like that they try to take care of people here

To go her own way and do what she wants to do is something that Aline from Germany values. It was her wish to study something of her own interest that led her to the University of Gothenburg and the Master’s in Communication programme.

Aline was born in a small village in Bavaria in Germany but have lived in Berlin for the last five years. After high school she ended up studying a bachelor’s degree in International management, but it was not always clear which path she was going to choose in life.
“They say that when people study Business administration they do it because they don’t really know what to do. They just study. I kind of fulfilled that as well, because I really didn’t know what to do”.
“My parents have a little shop and they were telling me “Why do you want to go to university? Why don’t you work and earn money?” I told them that I didn’t know what to do and that I had the possibility. I chose International management because I thought it might be reasonable to choose something that you can actually do something with afterwards”.
Aline was right. After her studies she started working for Doctors without borders.
“I worked for a while in fundraising. I did face to face-fundraising and then got a fulltime job in recruiting students for face to face-fundraising. The job I had for Doctors without borders was like a kind of a Team adviser. I had to learn how to communicate with people in a goal-oriented way and also mediate between people. I had to be a friend, a boss and a mediator at the same time and I tried to do that through the experience of others”.
Her work eventually got her thinking about a master’s degree in Communication.
“Everything I learned at work was like “he did it in that way, so maybe I’ll try to do it my own way”. I wanted to have a basis, a scientific ground to build on. So I was looking and I liked the description of the Master in Communication program a lot. I chose it for that reason”.

Moving to Sweden

When she discovered the Master’s in Communication programme she took the decision to move abroad. A decision that she describes as both easy to make and scary at the same time.
“I looked forward to moving abroad. In the beginning I was super-nervous, excited and scared but I was lucky to find a place to live straight away. I also knew a person in the city already and it was very comfortable to have someone outside of the university. It made it easy. I miss my friends but it’s not super-far away. I have been to Berlin five times since I moved. I have one feet there and one feet here which is kind of challenging for me. But there hasn’t been a second when I regretted moving or wanted to go back”.
She describes the moment when she received an e-mail from University of Gothenburg that calmed her nerves and made her feel welcome before the move.
“There was one situation shortly before I moved when I was like “oh my God, I’m moving to Sweden, I don’t speak Swedish and I’m going back to university”. Then I got an e-mail with a checklist on things you have to think about before moving. In the e-mail it said “Don’t be afraid. We will take care of you”. It was so nice. I really like that they try to take care of people that are coming here”.
She didn’t know much about Sweden before arriving in Gothenburg.
“I had never thought about Sweden before but then I made some new friends in Berlin that were from Sweden. I started liking the idea that the people are quiet but still very nice to each other. It seems like people are very equal in Sweden. They are not so competitive. My idea was that it’s a very equal country with equal rights”.

A country with less competition

When asked about the main differences between Germany and Sweden she’s clear about the fact that there’s a difference in the mindset of the people.
“I like that everyone’s equal here. Germans are not like that. They actually talk about what they achieve and about what they can do. They are very competitive. You are taught to be good in what you do and to speak about it. That’s a big difference”.
She laughs and talks about the interaction in the Swedish classroom.
“It’s funny here when the grades have been published. Most Germans in my class say “I got a VG or I got a G, what did you get?” and the Swedish people will not actually say what they got. The Germans go crazy. It’s so funny”.
There’s also some academic differences between studying in Germany and in Sweden.
“You don’t have as many group-assignments in Germany and even if you do you wouldn’t get a grade as a group. Everyone would get a different grade if there’s difference in workload. When I think about it, it’s better here because you learn to cooperate more”.
She’s mainly happy with her choice of the Master in Communication program.
“Mostly yes. There are some things that I don’t understand why they are in a certain way. But in general I like the context of the program”.

Gothenburg- a city with a good size

The character of Gothenburg is something that Aline likes.
“When I compare Gothenburg to Berlin I like that it’s smaller and that you can actually walk through the center. It’s very likely that you meet people that you already know on the street. Gothenburg has a perfect size. You can hide yourself at home if you want to or you can walk through the city center and think “I know this person and I know that person”. Everything is close by. I like that”.
Living close to water is also one of the perks with Gothenburg.
“I didn’t grow up on the seaside, it’s new to me. I love cities on the water. Although I was disappointed that Gothenburg is not really on the water. I had a different perception about that. But it’s close and that’s nice”.
The future is something that Aline doesn’t think about too much.
“I don’t have a career goal. I’m actually studying just for myself. Since I did my bachelor for the reason that I needed to do something reasonable it was on purpose to choose something that I would study for myself. I’m really interested in it and I learn a lot”.
But a career in Communication is still something that she can imagine.
“I can, but it would have to be in something like communication training for companies or conflict management”.

About Aline Wörle

  • Born i Bavaria, Germany 
  • Studied a bachelor in International Management in Germany
  • Worked with fundraising for Doctors without Borders
  • Studies a Master's in Communication
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