Dear TransAtlantic Students,
Usually, at this of the year, we close our notepads, shut down the computers, and reshelve our books. While wishing our fellow students or academic colleagues Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, we pack the suitcases and travel to spend Christmas time with our families and New Year's Eve with significant others and friends. In the meantime, we buy presents, collect ornaments and decorate Christmas trees to make these few days very special.
While this year is different, I think it does not mean we shall not celebrate these special few days ahead of us this week.
Therefore, I would like to wish all and each of you a very Merry Christmas. Let this time - that for many of us will be spending far from our families and friends - makes us realize how dear they are to us and how blessed we are to have them in our lives.
And since there are only ten days left in 2020, and 2021 simply just cannot be any worse, I am wishing you a Happy New Year as each of you can get.
Let me express the hope that we will be able to meet in person at your graduation ceremony in early summer. It will be both a small step and a giant leap forward for mankind.
Many Christmas and Happy 2021!
TransAtlantic Studies Programme Coordinator