16 January, 2011

The Adventure Continues

Hello all,

So, I wasn't expecting to ever post to this blog again, but it turns out that I was wrong. Why? Because in August I will be flying to Reutlingen, Germany again to work as an intern in the Reutlingen University International Studies Office (RIO). This position in RIO has been filled by a Valpo grad for the past 20 years. It's a year-long commitment. My responsibilities will include maintaining and updating the RIO website, helping international students register for classes and check into their rooms, organisation of field trips and special events, assisting with the Valpo-Reutlingen, and whatever else the RIO director might come up with. I will be living in a one-room apartment (paid for by the school) on the university campus and I will received a monthly stipend for food and other expenses.

I am looking forward very much to the challenges that this job has in store for me. It will be a much different experience compared to my last year abroad. Keep your eyes open for posts here throughout the next year.

In the meantime, I recently started my last semester as an undergrad at Valparaiso University. I'm singing in "Kantorei", the school's curricular chapel choir, I play in the Handbell Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection, and am a team captain for one of the Valpo Independent Robotics Team's robots which we will be entering in the Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition at UIUC in March. I helped found the Independent Robotics Team as a recognized student organisation two years ago and it has grown from seven members to about 20 with three robots being entered in the annual competition. This semester I decided to join the Crusader Pep-Band so that I could keep up my drumset chops. I've been to more Valpo athletic events in the last two weeks because of pep-band than in all four previous years of my Valpo career.

Thanks for reading. Stay in touch!


CG said...

Woo hoo!!!!


Chris G.

Mrigank said...

Hi Jon,

I will be coming to Ruetlingen from Canada. Could you let me know if 835 euros be sufficient for my stay as an intern there?



Unknown said...


You mean 835 Euro/month, right? In that case, I think you'd be okay. It mostly depends on how much you have to pay for housing I guess. As I recall, it cost about 210 Euro to stay in the dormitory which was privately owned. I imagine a room in a shared apartment would be similar.