A report

Merle Mueler-Knapp (Germany, AC08-10), Gala von Nettelbladt (Germany, AC 08-10)

 

Picking berries.
Tolerance.
Chemistry Practical at 3 a.m.
In the sea at midnight.
Discussions in the dayroom until 4 o’clock in the morning.
 “This is CAVRA search and rescue, shout if you can hear us”
Acceptance.
Ramshackle buildings.
Lifeguarding in the Bristol Channel with 7 Degrees Water temperature.
Amnesty International Street Theatre in Cardiff.
Bonfire.
Painting in the Art Department after Check-in.
Community.
Identity crisis.
Being a child.
Coming of age.
Being at home and feeling homesick.
Lack of sleep.
Water balloon fight between houses.
Singing in a retirement home.
Colliding of different ideas on morality.
Hail at the seafront.
Protest.
Culture shock.
80 different nationalities.
Understanding.
Painful debates.
Reality.
Living in a room with three people: Japanese, Nigerian, British, and German.
Cooking in Chinese.
Idealism.
Disillusionment.
Fighting against money-eating washing machines.
Language barrier.
Feeling of happiness.
Service weekend and eight hours of kayaking.
Pick nick on the cliffs.
Dead Poet Society.
German “Schultuete” for First Years.
The try to capture feelings with a single shot.
Mathematical functions.
National Evenings.
Experiencing borders.
“Haensel and Gretel” in English.
Dancing with blind children.
Unique.
Baking without eggs and milk.
Pub evenings.
360 people singing “Happy Birthday” in the dining hall.
Questioning own  persuasions.
Tuna –peanutbutter sandwich.
Nervous breakdown, given that the mountain of homework does not stop piling-up.
Questions.
Learning outside the classroom.
Growing lobsters and beekeeping.
University application stress.
Fear of the future.
Magical.
Porridge for breakfast.
Arriving.
Climbing the highest mountain of Wales, with blisters on the feet.
Emergency meeting in the drying room.
Pumpkin Weight Competition.
Getting thrown into the outdoor pool on your birthday.
Archery with primary school children.
Disappointment.
Learning to take of a wetsuit.
Saving the environment, fanatically.
Listening.
Fasting.
Fundraising.
Wild hugs.
Emotions.
Honesty.
Iranian dance.
Barefoot.
Colourful.
Loud.
Worldmusic.

The German language covers approximately 500 000 words, but even though it seems to be impossible to put the experience of two years at Atlantic College into words.  Maybe we should not try to put some things into words. We have to experience them.

AC is one of those things.

-United World College Student Magazine-

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