University of Göttingen
An update from Yukio (November 2001):
Adjusting to life back here in SD took a bit getting used to. I think I am still not too set. I think Germany offered for me a new sense of independence from my life in the USA. I think I spent 20 years growing up only to realize, once I was out of the environment for a short period, that perhaps I wasn’t being too true to myself. I am just a bit disillusioned as to what is going on right now in this country. I mean all of these terrible things happening to people and at the same time people waving flags to support bombing starving people. Neighborhoods unite while others starve.
I am happy to be home and in classes that I feel I enjoy. I am getting a first rate education. I think however, that I want to go back. I just recently finished a Fulbright Application to study in Berlin again. I hope it works out somehow to get back. I mean it is not really even about Germany. I think it is more about being in an amazing place like Berlin where things are everchanging, and speaking a new language, and learning everyday. I was not done with that city yet. I am taking land-use planning, a senior research project seminar, an entry level urban studies class, and policy analysis. Pretty packed with rowing and all.
Yukio graduated, continues with an internship in San Diego, and is still considering returning to Berlin.