So, Kinnas, jetzt wird gebloggt!! (So, Kids, a blog post will now be written!)
I suppose I should start by introducing myself. My name is John Lyon, and I did major in Business Administration and German for Business/Professions with an International Business minor at UWEC. I am now in Germany for a six-month internship with Commerzbank AG (http://www.commerzbank.com
) Frankfurt, Germany.
I found the internship through the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (in Chicago). I applied with that organization, which hand-selects 25 students annually to head over to Germany for an internship of 2 months to 6 months. The interesting thing is that two students from UWEC are in Germany for this internship. So the next time someone rags on UWEC, go tell them (nicely
) what they can do!
After I was selected by the GACCoM, I was placed in a German company by a German organization. During my interview, I was asked if I would mind being in a smaller company. When I thought of my work experience to date, I responded that a small company would be just fine! Imagine my surprise when I got the news that I would be working for the second-largest German bank in the (currently) tallest building in Europe! I am still getting used to the view from the 29th floor, where my desk it and the view from the 36th floor atrium...where I take my coffee breaks!
Surprising things are happening in Germany. The World Cup is currently happening in Germany, which means that when a game takes place in a city, things really slow down. A few days ago, the Netherlands played in Frankfurt. About 50,000 Dutch people showed up, and the city bled orange (the Dutch national color). So far the USA did not do a good job and is done, but Germany is still going strong...GO GERMANY!
Another fascinating factor of the World Cup is that the stores are open later...which is why I could stop at Aldi's just before 10 tonight and still get in. Most stores are only open until about
8 p.m. during normal times, and the opening and closing times will revert back to normal once the World Cup is over. Somehow I miss 24-hour stores, but nothing is ever wrong, it is merely different. But still...when I get home, I will feel the need to run to the store at 3:30 a.m. for a pack of gum!
Another surprising thing taking place in Germany is a small, but very interesting Wertewandel
(changing of values). In a country known for its Ornung muss sein
(there must be order) philosophy, I am beginning to realize that life (at least in a large city like Frankfurt) is simply a sum of well-organized chaos. Even so, the Germans are becoming more tolerant of a little chaos and even the (gasp
!) concept of lateness---exemplified by the train system, in which the long-distance trains are usually about 5 minutes late. Another example of the chaos could be seen on the streetcar stop last night, where a very stoned man was singing and dancing, while waiving to the passangers on the train. I just stayed low-key and was very grateful when the man did not hop on the train that I boarded.
For those of you on the cutting edge of fashion who believe that all the styles come over from Europe eventually, dig out and brush off those fanny-paks...they're all over here, and what was even more of a shock: men's capris
. I am getting more used to those, although I have not and will never(...I know..."famous last words") wear capris, I am now longer dumbfounded by the sight of them.
Well, that's all for now. Next time I will tell you about the work I have been doing (cleaning out old files, putting together Excel spreadsheets, researching and typing reports...Melrose and Lentz would be so proud). For now, I just have to say that I never thought "What If" functions would ever come in helpful after MIS 240, but they really saved me a bunch of time just recently.
If you have any questions or topics that you would like answered or covered in a future blog...or just something you would like to ask (off the blog record), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org