Since this blog is also about my experiences as a cosmopolitan (you can judge whether or not I can call myself one after reading this post) I thought a short biography would give you an overview of what my origins are and based on what experiences I’m writing. I was born in Singapore almost twenty years ago as the daughter of a Singaporean and a German. I lived there until 2003 and went to a German School, but I also spoke Mandarin Chinese and English.
Then my family moved to Switzerland and I had a hard time adapting. Till today I don’t know what the matter was – I refused to learn/speak Swiss German (and I still don’t speak it because I just wouldn’t be me if I did. Instead I’m still stuck with my standard German with Swiss accent, awesome, right?) since I didn’t like it back then and I somehow always dreamt of returning to Singapore.
I did an exchange year in Uruguay from August 2011 to July 2012. To describe it with one word: It was tough. So tough it almost broke me (though it didn’t have to do with the country itself and I returned twice last year). After my return to Switzerland I didn’t only have to re-adapt to the culture but also had sort out many issues. However I managed to do so after almost a year and finally made peace with myself and my environment.
I stayed in Switzerland for two years to finish school and obtained not only the Schweizer Matura but also the International Baccalaureate last summer – though I’m still not sure if the latter will serve me one day. Well, who knows.
My next stop was Germany, since it was my standard answer to the question “Where are you from?” even though I’ve never lived there. I moved to the town where my grandparents live and that I have visited countless times since I was born – the plan was to find my home here. Well, it kinda failed. I do feel home here, but not differently than in other countries I have lived in. So I learned my lesson and realised I don’t have a geographical home, for now.
I’m going to move back to Switzerland this autumn to start studying psychology and sinology (study of China). I don’t know how long I’ll stay there. Maybe I’ll do as the university recommends and will study in China for one year. Maybe I’ll relocate my studies to Germany or another European country. Maybe I’ll stay in Switzerland. We’ll see.
Sorry guys, I couldn’t really shorten this overview. I’ll go more into the details by and by but I think this is a good summary of my stations so far.
So what do you think? Can I call myself a cosmopolitan?