For the writing competition during the winter semester 2019, we asked people to submit a story about (inter-)cultural encounter and (mis-)understanding.
Category/Theme: If Only I Had Known Before
Moving to and living in a new country is exciting and nerve-wrecking, sometimes funny, sometimes stressful, and sometimes triggers absurd experiences and hilarious misunderstandings. But most of all (whether we want it or not) in one way or another it’s educational, and at some point we are able to say: “Ahh, now I understand! If only I had known before!” Choose an incident/ a situation/ a feeling/ an encounter that left an impression on you while abroad and turn it into a story. It can be humorous, sad, tense, or in the form of a report. You can also choose to write a fictional story inspired by events that happened to you – you have complete creative freedom.