For integration excursions, we divided into smaller groups of 8-10 students, which allowed for better social distancing but also better interaction and engagement. We explored each corner of the country, from Schengen to Vianden. A blanket of snow and fog on Wednesday provided a dramatic backdrop for traditional visits to the American and German cemeteries. Classes began on Thursday, and students continue to settle into their day-to-day life here.
Each cohort at MUDEC is different from the last—the mix of personalities and unique group dynamic can never be replicated. However, there is something essential and enduring about the program that has allowed it to thrive for 52 years.The Fall 2020 group, small but mighty, proved that the heart of the MUDEC experience, engaging with each other and the communities around us, remains.
I have great faith that the Spring 2021 group will have a safe, impactful, life-changing experience. When the bus rounded the corner and they peeked around to see the château for the first time, the excitement was palpable. Like the rest of the MUDEC community, I look forward to following this new chapter.