My name is Lea and I will be joining Glion at the end of January next year to start my studies in the Bachelor of Hospitality Management program.
Throughout the next year, I will be telling you all about my experiences at Glion Institute of Higher Education and I will do my very best to keep you informed as well as I can.
I thought I would begin by telling you something about myself and my life’s journey up to today, which ultimately led me to Hospitality Management and with this, to Glion.
I was born in Germany, in a city called Essen in western Northrhine-Westphalia and then moved to a smaller and quite idyllic town near Münster, where I went to kindergarten.
Instead of continuing my education in this town though, my life changed a lot when my parents revealed that we were going to move to South Africa. Shocked at first to be so far away from the rest of my family, this amazing country turned out to be my second home, which I will always be in love with and which I could imagine returning to in the future. South Africa is an immensely beautiful country, which has a gorgeous landscape and very hospitable, warm and friendly citizens and I would urge anyone to visit it at some point in their life.
After about five years, we had to move again, this time to Tokyo, Japan.
Living in Tokyo was another fascinating experience, especially because, as I am sure you know or can imagine, the Japanese culture is very different from the German and the South African one. In Japan, modern lifestyle and tradition meet, because you have the big metropolitan regions on the one hand, while the full range of Japanese culture and tradition is represented by certain sights and attractions on the other hand.
During my time in Tokyo, I went to Seisen International School, which turned out to be very important for my future. In Seisen I got the opportunity to improve my English and get it to a much higher level and apart from the great education I got there, the school greatly reflects multiculturalism and tolerance for one another, which broadened my own horizon immensely. I made friends for life at this school and I will always think back to my time there with great joy.
Unfortunately, my Asian adventure ended after three years, when we had to move back to Germany.
I have to admit that it took some time to get used to my old home again, because it simply was so different from my previous years of upbringing and kindergarten was rather a long time ago. I grew to enjoy living there over the years.
In the end, I appreciated my time at my German High School a lot because I gained a broad range of knowledge and got to learn French and Latin, which helped me broaden my linguistic abilities. I happily and successfully graduated from this High School with my A-levels and then had to start thinking about which path I would like to take and follow for the rest of my life.
I have to admit that this decision was quite overwhelming at first and took a very long consideration process, because my interests are so varied and I couldn’t decide what to do for a while.
In the end, I discovered that Hospitality Management was the best subject for me, because it combines all of my interests in a great way. Then, when I got accepted to Glion Institute of Higher Education I was immensely excited, because it is one of the top hotel schools internationally and renowned for its excellence worldwide. I am therefore truly happy and grateful to be getting this opportunity and I am really looking forward to pursuing this path and joining Glion very soon.