In October 2008, I started this blog about my way to becoming a geophysicist. I entitled it "A Long Way To Go" because I was just at the beginning of my academic career. Even though I had chosen an English title, I decided to start my blog in German. I hadn´t had any blog before and I just wanted to get used to the whole blog thing. Now, some three months later, I´m still at the beginning of my way but I think It´s time to take a step forward. Let me explain myself a bit:
I´ve had English classes since 5th grade with at least five periods of English each weak plus history, political science and geography in English. This amount of English in school is way above the average one of English classes in German schools. How come? I left elementary school after 4th grade (two years earlier than the common six years in Berlin) and attended a bilingual secondary school. However, it has been more than a year and a half since I finished school with 13th grade. English still is a big part of my life - listening to English music, watching CNN or movies in English, reading English literature - but I have to admit that my writing and especially my speaking skills in English are not as good as they were back then.
English is so important for publishing scientific articles, writing letters of application and getting in contact with other scientists from all over the world. There is just no way around it. I´m still better than most of my fellow students (and also some of my lecturers ^^) but I´m definitely not satisfied with my present skills. The best way to get back on track is to write in English. Therefore, I decided to change my blog´s language to English. I hope you gonna enjoy it.