I’m proud to be an Army brat. Based on my father’s assignment, I move to a new location every two to three years. I’ve lived all over the United States, but my most memorable home was in Ansbach, Germany. That’s where I met the world.
Before we moved to Europe, I never really appreciated foreign countries. I had researched them for school projects, but I always felt that the United States was superior. I originally didn’t want to live in Germany. However, my snobbish attitude was about to change. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed Germany and Europe.
My family and I traveled to over 20 European countries as well as Egypt. The beautiful German countryside lured me to engage in running and skiing. My heart raced when I rode on the fast European trains and took a 110 mph drive on the autobahn.
I’ve since returned to the United States with a new worldly mindset from my experience in Europe. I know how it is to speak and not be understood. I know what it’s like to be part of a minority.
There were times when I felt overwhelming pride for the United States and times when I was deeply ashamed of it. I realize that the United States could learn a thing or two from Germany and other European countries. I’ve become more open-minded and less arrogant towards new cultures.
I feel honored to have lived in Germany, and I’d like to thank the US Army for making it possible.
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