Devyn Gortner (Trinity '16)

Friday, May 15, 2015

"One the biggest reasons I came to Duke for my undergraduate education was due to the wonderful reputation of the Duke in Berlin program. Berlin was where I found my niche – the people I met and the other students I shared the experience with became some of my greatest friends. However cliché it may sound, there is truly something for everyone in Berlin. The city has a pulse – an indescribable energy unlike anywhere else I have ever traveled. There is ALWAYS something to do, and every interest is accounted for (even if you don't like to drink, although the beer there is pretty wonderful). There is incredible art, history, music, nature, and food right at your fingertips. As someone who has never wanted to live in a city, I still would firmly support the notion that Berlin is for everyone.

Duke in Berlin changed my life in many ways, but most importantly, it allowed me to step back from my life at Duke and back home in the States and see the bigger picture of where I was in life and where I want to go. If you're on the fence about going abroad, I urge you to do it. Discover for yourself what it means to step outside of your bubble. And if you're not sure if Berlin is the right place for you, all I can say is: 'Yes it is. Go. Go and take me back with you.'"