Carina Hartmann

Carina Hartmann

Exchange (One Semester) Department of English, University of Colombo 2012.

“Going to Sri Lanka for half a year appeared to be something new and it proved to be exactly this. When I arrived, it took some days to get used to the Sri Lankan climate and even more to the culture. With a German background, almost everything felt new. However, the Sri Lankan kindness and hospitality makes it easier to settle. During my stay, I saw the most beautiful places and experienced moments that probably no normal traveler could even think of. As an exchange student, I also got an insight into university life at the University of Colombo. I think that studying in Sri Lanka means going more into the details and taking closer looks. It’s about being academic and professional. In my case, the low number of fellow students also meant a closer cooperation between the lecturers and the students. The time I spent in Sri Lanka changed my views and my own personality. I learnt to take things easier and not be too stiff. Personally, I think this is what summarizes as the Sri Lankan mentality to a great extent.”