Interview with Rebecca Seidman, student of the first promotion Lauder-Reut
"I consider myself very lucky that I had the chance to go to Lauder Reut High School"
Rebecca Seidman is a student from the first class Lauder Reut High School as she graduated in 2013 from the Faculty of Foreign Languages in Bucharest , Department of Jewish Studies . Being an ambitious nature , she decided to pursue another college in May , in a European country , because her dream as a young girl was to study medicine.
In your case , it's a very interesting story : You graduated in 2013 from the Department of Foreign Languages in Bucharest , Department of Jewish Studies , and after that you chose to study medicine in Germany. How did you choose to make this fundamental change ?
RS : It certainly sounds like a very interesting transition . I wanted to do medicine since I was a young girl , but due to personal issues , I could not apply to medical school in time, so I had to choose another college. Of course the time is not lost and it is never too late to fulfill your dreams , so now I continue with the next phase of my education - medicine in Germany.
How were the years of Jewish Studies?
RS : There were three quite interesting years, I learned many things. Although I will never use the degree completed in Romania , considering the path that I have chosen (medical school ) , I can say that three years were not lost in vain .
What were the disciplines that set you apart in a positive way ? How much did the years you studied the Hebrew language help ?
R.S. : Each discipline has its role of course. It is important to learn something from each subject as possible.
Learning the Hebrew language at Lauder Reut helped me a lot , especially in the first year of college , as it gave me knowledge my fellow beginners did not passes.
Why medicine exactly ? What were the criteria that guided you to choose this university in Germany ?
R.S. : I choose to go to med school in Germany for various reasons. First, I speak German very well, studying it in college and outside college at the Friedrich Schiller Institute in Bucharest. Secondly , college is much cheaper than in Romania , but with the disadvantage of being to be more difficult . However, a degree in medicine in Germany is much better regarded here because the level of learning is much more advanced than in any other European country’s medical school .
What is the lifestyle there? Is it much different from that of Romania?
R.S. : Definitely the German lifestyle is very different than the Romanian one . I have only positive things to say about Germany. The mentality of the people is pleasant ( who are very happy and inclined to help ), there are no endless queues at certain institutions ( we all know that in Romania there are endless queues for even trivial things ) , there are lots of opportunities , you don’t need to wary about your future( can sounds a bit exaggerated, but that's how it works in Germany . The state helps you if you are in need ) , clean facilities and public places , etc. .
Four years passed since you graduated from Lauder Reut high school , and since then, you have studied at a well-known college in Bucharest and after that, one abroad. What are the main differences you've noticed in all the time at these institutions?
R.S. : Again , the differences are enormous . I do not want to criticize too much of course, but the teachers’ dedication and seriousness is stronger. I like how lessons are presented in Germany( in a manner as little "boring " as possible ) through advanced technologies, lots of information sources , good cooperation among peers and assistance received from teachers are some other positive things I can say about education institutions in Germany. In Romania things are guite different with respect to this issues.
What do you miss from the high school years ?
RS : I can say that I consider myself very lucky that I had the chance to go to Lauder Reut high school . I could not honestly say what I miss the most. I miss almost everything : peers, teachers, the teaching style , even cookies after lunch ( laughs).
I'm glad I had the chance to be at the Lauder Reut . I met great people whom I will definitely remember .
Interview by Naomi Guttman