Every year, the NIT, Northern Institute of Technology Management, awards the DAAD Award to a graduating student. Together the NIT and the student body vote on the winner. This year, an American, Annelis Breed, was selected and received the award at the graduation ceremony in the Audimax of the Hamburg University of Technology. The German Academic Exchange Service bestows a prize of 1,000 euros to honor foreign students in Germany who are socially and interculturally involved. Annelis won the race with a clear lead and was honored in particular for her commitment and passion that she brought to her work. She contributed significantly to students' social activities and always had an open ear.
Annelis, congratulations! You are the DAAD Award winner this year, chosen by your fellow students for it. How does it feel for you to get this Award?
I feel very recognized and appreciated by my class and community. I, in turn, cannot appreciate and thank my class enough for being an incredible group of very unique individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures across the globe. Our differences became our biggest strengths. We learned and grew from each other. It was a beautiful two years to help facilitate and encourage this growth, and I feel blessed to have had this opportunity.
You were honored, because of your commitment and passion to both the NIT and to your classmates. During your studies over the previous two years at the NIT, you were both class speaker and a student assistant. What is your motivation to always give 120% and to be so involved?
"Take away my people but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on factory floors. Take away my factories but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory."
Andrew Carnegie, nineteenth-century industrialist
I invest a lot of myself in people. Andrew Carnegie's quote echos a very important sentiment: it's people that make things possible. Working towards building a strong supportive community and team that seeks to better and inspire each other is what I strive for. At the NIT, it was also important for me to build a tight knit family-esque group since that gap has something I've tried to fill with solid friendships. Expat students know it can be quite difficult being separated from family and lifelong friends.
Why did you decide to come to Germany and study in Hamburg?
My study abroad in Berlin and Stuttgart during my bachelors was very formative in making me decide to return to Germany for my masters. I was set on Aachen's program but ended up literally googling masters programs since my great aunt Brigitte tried to convince me to come to Berlin where she lives. I obviously didn't end up there, but her comments were enough to send me looking and I landed at the TUHH's and NIT's websites.
What are your plans for the future?
After finishing the NIT this fall, I still need some time to finish my Mechnical degree at the TUHH. I am off to Singapore to do a research project on 3D Printing of Marine parts, and will return to Hamburg next April. I think I will try to stay in Germany at least a few years after graduation, depending primarily on the job opportunities.
Thank you very much for the interview, Annelis! We wish you all the best!