Julia Brinkmann, 24
"The small seminar groups, where you really get to know the professors, help us students to persevere with our studies."
Show-jumping, sailing and studying Medicine
Julia had already decided to move from Uerdingen, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, to the north-east, and her parents came too. The reason for this move? Her love of show-jumping. The famous German show-jumper Holger Wulschner runs an equally famous studfarm in Passin, 30 kilometres from Rostock, and he was to be her teacher. With her cheerful personality, typical for people from the Rhineland, she quickly made friends here – in spite of the Mecklenburgers’ reputation for being very reserved. And as she got to know the people, she began to love the region, too. “Even before I finished my Abitur (German higher education entrance qualification), I knew I would stay in the region to study.”
Her first idea was to become a vet, but “I can’t stand seeing animals suffer”. So she decided to devote herself to healing humans, and enrolled to study Medicine.
Her decision was all the easier thanks to the excellent reputation of the Faculty of Medicine in Rostock. “Biochemistry, pathology and physiology might be difficult subjects, but we wouldn’t be such good doctors if we didn’t learn about it all.” However, it doesn't leave a lot of free time at all. Although Julia has had to give up show-jumping, she’s discovered the pleasures of sailing, thanks to her boyfriend.