The following interview was taken from our First Newsletter (pdf, 2.91 MB)
Hanady Nehme holds a Master of Neuroscience from the Lebanese University. She spent six months at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg to conduct her master thesis project marking the end of her studies.
1. Why did you decide on Germany as the place to carry out the research for your thesis?
After I decided to pursue a career in the scientific research field, it was only natural for me to scout for research institutes and teams of scientists working on projects that meet my interests and inspire me to be part of the research world. “My experience allowed me to gain technical, organizational and analytical skills that are crucial for a successful career in research.” I found myself leaning toward the innovative ideas, high-tech equipped labs and pertinent publications of German institutions. The more I read, the more I was tempted to establish my first steps towards my future in Germany, starting with my master thesis project.
2. Do you think you will have better career chances due to your stay in Germany?
Although I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, the qualifications I gained in Germany open more doors for me and increase my chances in getting accepted into PhD programs.
3. Do you have any advice for other interested students?
NEVER GIVE UP! Applying, waiting weeks for replies, worrying about funding, all is truly a nightmare. Just believe in yourself, be patient and work hard enough to reach the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Trust me, it will be all worth it in the end, you can do it! Power to you!
4. Was it difficult for you to make friends in Germany?
I was lucky enough to be surrounded by wonderful people, both at work and in the guesthouse where I lived for 6 months. At first, I was worried about cultural differences and misunderstandings that may occur. Nevertheless, I was quickly and warmly integrated in the working group and the guesthouse family and we shared memorable, funny and happy moments.
"I was surrounded by inspiring professors, cutting edge laboratory equipment and cultural diversity that resulted in my growth on both academic and personal levels."
*All views expressed are Hanady Nehme´s own*