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1. Ms. Andrea Bechthold, what does your life look like today?

My life today looks similar to my life 5 years ago. I still love to exercise. I am currently pursuing a career in teaching Geography and English, and I am undergoing training at different schools in the Westerwald. In a lot of ways my career path is similar to my time at the DSW as my school life had a substantial influence on my decision to become a teacher. Just recently I visited the DSW while being in Washington, D.C. and experienced once again the friendliness and openness of DSW teachers and staff towards alumni. A very nice place that I remember fondly. 

2. What is your best memory of your time at the DSW?

I have a lot of very nice memories. As a very involved and active student, I was able to share many wonderful moments. The moment which will indeed forever stick in my memory is meeting the German Women National Soccer Team in 2003. It was a dream come true.

However, like I said, if I would have to list all my good memories, the list would be too long.

3. What life lessons did you learn at the DSW?

A lot. Discipline in everyday life, time management in school, openness toward strangers and much more. Probably the most important thing I learned from my friends at the DSW is that it is ok to be yourself. The DSW is a scene of many different characters. It is nice to know that there is more than just one right way. Also, the diversity of the social programs nurture the many different characters. I think that is fantastic. Through this I also learned to accept different characters and to judge less.

4. What advice would you give to the new generation of DSW students?

I do not think that this advice is „new“ to students, however, I find it very suitable for everyday school life:

Enjoy the time at school, the time with your friends, the many pranks you get to play, but also learn to appreciate the efforts of your parents, grandparents, siblings etc. It is a once in a lifetime experience.


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