My name is Laura Konieczny. I am a university student from Dortmund in Germany majoring in Applied Literacy and Cultural Studies and minoring in Political Science and Journalism. I love what I am doing: reading, pondering, discussing and analyzing how life works seems incredibly interesting to me. I started studying in Dortmund in October 2012 and am currently doing an Erasmus semester in Debrecen, Hungary.
Besides studying, I work as a freelancing author for several newspapers and magazines. I do not know when I actually started to think “I want to become a writer.” I just happened to meet a series of opportunities that got me closer to it and my portfolio expanded without me even noticing it. Visiting events, meeting people and writing about it does not really feel like work to me, so I just thought it to be a hobby for quite a while until I noticed that I can really consider writing to be my sideline to finance my life and studies. Since the editorial department for the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in Castrop-Rauxel closed in October 2013, I switched cities and am working in Herne, a city nearby, now. My favorite time of the year: the beginning of August, when the Cranger Kirmes takes place. In 2014, I got to go there to find new stories every single day – for 10 days straight. I loved it. Other publications I am producing content for are SPIESSER – das Jugendmagazin, Spiesser.de, Schekker.de, and Mitmischen.de.
Traveling is one of the things that has influenced my life even more than writing. I love seing new places, smelling new odours, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I have already spent quite a bit of time abroad – visiting friends in France and Italy I made during other travels and spending 10 months in Hannibal, New York, as an exchange student at Hannibal Highschool. In August and September 2013, I have spent nine weeks in Vadodara, India as a volunteer for AIESEC Baroda and traveled the country for a bit. I spent the turn of the year 2014/15 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Other places I am planning to visit in the near future are Italy in order to keep in touch with my friends and practice my Italian, Detroit for an internship with Thrive and hopefully Punjab for another workcamp in summer 2015. Further plans are to be revealed as they become definite. Just so much: the next couple of years will hopefully be the time of my life.
This blog is supposed to be my logbook for all the things I consider to be worth sharing with you. There is so much I experience day by day that reminds me of how great life is. Memorable encounters on train rides, extraordinary talks with my friends, impressive experiences on my journeys, great quotes I read, and all the small things in everyday life that make me smile.
I always try to make the best out of everything that crosses my path of life and stay optimistic. Life is too short to be sad or angry. Smiling eases everything. Those are two of my favorite quotes:
“Learn from yesterday, life for today and hope for tomorrow.”~Albert Einstein
“Whatever happens, it is up to ourselves to see good luck or bad luck in it.”~Anthony de Mello