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Yogi Reppmann: Moin Moin from USA - weekly US column (2)
07. Februar 2009 (Northfield/USA-HL/Red.) Moin Moin from USA - Kolumne für die „Campusseite“ im Flensburger Tageblatt und Schleswiger Nachrichten (Dienstag, 3. Februar 2009/es folgen die „Jugendseiten“ aller Ausgaben des „Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlages.
Stuck in a rut. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, sameness and familiarity prevent advancement to the next level.
So it was with Markus Rollwage, a gifted classical guitar student at Lübeck conservatory. Encouraged by professor Bernd Ruf, Markus traveled to America to continue his studies at McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, his talent was nurtured and developed by outstanding professors, and Markus went on to release two successful CDs and perform to critical acclaim back in Lübeck.
Something happened to Markus in America, sparking his innate artistic talent to another level. Were American professors better than their German counterparts? Was the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Markus would be the first to dismiss these notions. Living in an environment far removed from one's routine with friends and family, making new social contacts, and speaking a different language all combine in a mystical manner to broaden the exchange student's horizons. Mind, heart, and soul, freed from familiarity, are more receptive to life's nuances. Like a journeyman carpenter of days gone by, a foreign exchange student becomes more self sufficient, learns valuable life lessons, and masters different techniques of his trade. Away from the familiar, he learns to trust his instincts. For an artist like Markus, this is critical.
If helping a child study abroad is financially feasible, the investment will be repaid many times over. In today's economy, how often can that be said?
Yogi Reppmann, Northfield, MN
Yogi Reppmann (52), Northfield (Minnesota) and Flensburg, historian and consultant, was born in Flensburg and attended the „Altes Gymnasium“. He has lived in Northfield since 1992.
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