Juan
from Ecuador

About me

Hello, my name is Juan. I come from Quito, Ecuador and at the moment I am doing my master's degree in environmental engineering. Coming to Darmstadt was one of the best decisions I could have made not only because of the study program, but for being able to get amazing work and cultural experiences.

Juan,
Environmental Engineering M.Sc.

With good attitude and good friends I overcame most of my challenges in my studies.

Portrait TU Darmstadt Ambassador Juan
Picture: Britta Hüning

Profile

Nationality:

Ecuadorian

Study programme:

M.Sc. Environmental Engineering

Why I chose TU Darmstadt:

Darmstadt is a student city and belongs to the TU9.

What I like about Darmstadt:

The location, the green areas for example the Ludwigshöhe and its cultural scene.

How I felt about the start of the Digital Semester:

With heaps of motivation, since I have adapted a little to the new situation.

How I manage my studies and my job:

I set priorities. I use a calender and try to stick to it. Of course sometimes I sacrifice things I want to do, but as I said, for me is setting priorities essential.

What are the challenges that I face in my studies:

To study abroad is very challenging. I would say every single day is a challenge because I am in a different environment. The academic pressure, the bureaucracy, loneliness, mental health, weather and the finantial situation. I know, it sounds awful but it is not. I learned and I am still learnig how to deal with with every problem I have. Key is to be very open minded to have an easy and fluent adaptation to the way things work out here in Darmstadt. With good attitude and good friends I overcame most of my challenges in my studies. Remember, you are not the only one with that problem!

Fun fact about me:

My surname is „Alemán “which is Spanish for „German “.

Three words that describe me:

Generous, adventurous, pacific.

Which places in Darmstadt I´ve always wanted to visit, but still haven’t:

Because of the pictures and what it represents I always wanted to visit the Jagdschloss Kranichstein. I also wanted to go on top of the Ludwigsmonument at Luisenplatz.

My best moment at TU Darmstadt:

I would have to say it is when I finished my Bachelors. I came to this country with that goal, It seemed a long way but after a lot of dedication finally I did it and I was very happy.