As an interactive media student studying Game Design in Berlin at the University of Europe, I had the opportunity to experience Berlin and meet incredible people. The teachers at my university were not only knowledgeable, but also passionate about their craft with their extensive industry experience and they pushed me to be better and taught me valuable skills. With the game design students, we would weekly gather for after-school activities to discuss game design, play games together, and simply enjoy each other’s company over a beer, which created a strong sense of community among the students.
While the lessons themselves were not lengthy, the workload was quite demanding, which was a challenge for me as I only had my laptop with me. One aspect that took some getting used to was studying during the summer, as most of my Finnish classmates were on their summer break. Additionally, the grading system in Berlin was different, using percentages and a scale of 5 to 1, one being the highest one and the grading would go to more specific numbers such as 1.7 as a grade.
In my freetime I went out to eat outside a lot, visited parks and museums and was able to attend AMAZE, which is a game and playful media festival.
Overall, my experience as an exchange student in Berlin’s game design circles was truly amazing. The supportive environment, knowledgeable teachers, and challenges made the exchange semester one of a kind.
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