"One year and two months made us unforgettable time together in Berlin, Germany: hard work but a good experience, understanding and helping each other. Friendship forever!"

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Graduation Day

The day where we are waiting for is the Graduation Day for us. For us tt take 14 months to study hard and sacrified ouself to be a student again after we left shool for long time. We are so pround of ourseves to be a Master Degree of Public Management (MPM) title.
Here it is our remarks during graduation ceremony stated by Ariana:

"On this very special occasion, I am extremely honored and delighted to give a word of thanks on behalf of my colleagues and indeed on my own behalf. As I was thinking on how to say and transmit hundreds and everyone’s thoughts in just some few minutes I realized that the best way would be (and it always is) to let you know straight and honestly what this period of our lives meant and how it might have changed us.

Everything started when we got the acceptance notification email which I perfectly remember Klara Staib sent and it said: “My dear future participants, you we chosen to form part pf the next MPM program”, from there on our hearts started to beat faster….
14 Months have already passed by and it seems yesterday when we all were trying to fit, in our 20 Kilo suitcases, everything we did not want to leave behind.
As the Masters started, we had the chance to meet wonderful people without whom nothing of this would have been possible.
Let firstly express my profound gratitude to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and utmost appreciation to our Sponsor International Capacity Building (Inwent), thanks to the leadership of Inwent and the people behind for all their efforts in organizing all the logistical arrangements which ensured our safe and pleasant stay in Germany.

I equally wish to thanks Dr. Gephardt and all staff members in the MPM office for the excellent manner in which they coordinated activities related to the academic program.

I also want to express my profound appreciation to all Professors, who gave us that we have gained significant and different insights on new public management, but in we start talking about management ….

The entire program gave us even better tools to manage not only the public administration and/or any other organization that we have the chance to work for or even run way day!
My colleagues would concur that as much as we have learnt and grown professionally, we have won a new title of managing ourselves in so many different scenarios with so many ups and downs that life brings about.

In synthesis this is a lesson of life where sometimes our friends became our teacher and the teacher became our friends. We learn trough all that happens and strive to be better human beings.

Within this never ending learning process, we only can make sure that those important persons know how we feel and just thank everyone for the simple fact of being (there). YOU (guys) are the people who made this A UNIQUE experience.

It is not possible to mention names of all the people who have been with us in our journey to conquer Germany over the last 14 months. However, it is obvious that the most important part of this is: US!!!

Thanks to each one of you (dear friends) for contributing with a drop of water (an important drop of water) which made the glass always half full. It is unique and an honor to have you all as my second family, we have cemented an everlasting bond of friendship that stretches from Latin America to Africa all the way to Asia.

We have to admit and thank God for letting us being part of such a great project.
The impact that this experience (professional and personal) had on every single one of us cannot by any way be measure or grade.

If before coming to Germany we had some trouble trying to take everything we could fit in our suitcases, now we have a huuuuge problem:

First because we have our heavy title to take home proudly and second and moreover we have tons of feelings and memories of this great friendship.

I have no words to express this to you all and not enough arms to hug you afterwards (as I wish I could) but each one of us have a really big heart in which we will always remain …and I am sure in some years from now, when looking back, we will be able to show it with a smile.
Remember there is no perfect place on earth but we make the most of where we are and what we have, and WE have certainly made the most of THIS!! Dara

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