Ambassadorial Scholar Laura Heinrichs 24/07/2013
Wed 24th July 2013
Laura Heinrichs talks about her year in St. Andrews
President Jimmy Spankie welcomed members and guests to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of St Andrews on 24th July with a special welcome to Ambassadorial Scholar Laura Heinrichs.
Laura has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Velbert/Rheinland in Germany for the duration of one year studying for her MLit at the University of St Andrews. Through the scheme Laura has received finance to allow her to study and she has been particularly grateful for the opportunity to be in Scotland and to meet and make new friends from all over the world broadening her experience and horizons. During her stay Laura has been Host Counselled by Fiona Wells of the RC of St Andrews Kilrymont and she acknowledged with thanks the help given and also from Colin Mitchell and other members of from both clubs.
Born in Switzerland before moving to Germany two years later the talk began with the background of her studies from her BSc from Westfalische Wilhelms University in Munster a city of 84,000 people famous for its locksmiths and metal workers on to her MSc from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She felt she was especially fortunate to be in St Andrews during the 600 year anniversary celebrations when special events were held by the university.
While a student in Germany Laura spent time in France, in Vancouver living with a Scottish family, volunteered on a project in the rainforests of Cost Rica and she also worked as an intern in Greece.
During her time in St Andrews Laura became secretary of Rotaract, visited many areas of Scotland as a tourist as well as helping both Rotary Clubs in St Andrews with their projects. Part of the requirements of the scholarship have been giving presentations to Rotary Clubs throughout District 1010 and here she has shown her charm and competence in delivering her talks. While in Scotland she dutifully tried haggis which she liked, whisky and Irn Bru which she was not very keen on as well as a attending a ball which she enjoyed.
Laura concluded her illustrated talk with information about the German General Election being held in September giving information about Angela Merkeland the other opposing parties.
The vote of thanks was given by Colin Mitchell who warmly congratulated Laura on her splendid achievements and told us that this was a young lady going places in the future. A fact quite obvious to the audience.