The University of Oklahoma is never short of exciting opportunities. From sporting events that can rival any other university in the world, to guest lectures from some of the best scholars in the world, to interesting cultural events, there is always something to do. On March 8th, the German Club of OU hosted a tour of the National Weather Center; the tour was predominantly in German. The tour was well attended, as many of the German staff and students decided to take advantage of this opportunity.
I have been on a couple of tours before, so I came in with a good grasp of what to expect. The tour was outstanding, and I left with two major takeaways. First, the amount of German speakers in high-ranking positions within the NWC is impressive. The fact that we were able to talk with three separate workers/administrators in German shocked me; I’m happy that the NWC appears to be appealing to international and domestic scholars.
The second takeaway was that my German comprehension is still very good. I almost understood every word. (Apart from a few German words that dealt with abstract weather concepts.) I am very, very happy with this. I know studying in Heidelberg provided my language skills with a major boost, and I will not let my momentum slide.