Luke Kurowski, of Munster, is excited to expand his worldview when he travels to Germany in August via the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals program.
An Indiana University student majoring in biochemistry and Germanic studies, he is one of only 75 American students traveling to Germany with this program for a full year of study.
While Kurowski doesn’t yet know where he’ll be living or studying, he plans to take courses in bio-analytical chemistry and courses pertaining to German culture.
“The program involves three phases - a language school phase, a schooling phase, and a five-month internship phase,” Kurowski, 20, explained.
“Hopefully, I find an internship in a clinical research lab, biochemistry lab, or organometallics research lab. I also hope to gain a different view of science by studying science at the German university,” he added.
Kurowski plans to attend medical school or conduct medical research after graduating from college in 2015, and looks forward to a career with the potential to impact lives.
“If I pursue research in the medical sciences, I wish to conduct research on synthesizing new medicines and/or developing new treatments to help in the treatment of disease.”
“I would like to study pediatric medicine or osteopathic medicine if I attend medical school. Biochemistry gives me an understanding of how the human body works that I find fascinating,” he said.
Kurowski admits that being chosen for the youth exchange program has humbled him.
“I honestly did not expect to be chosen for this program. I applied with the mindset that just receiving an interview for the program would be a huge milestone,” he said.
“When I received the interview notification in my email, I stared at my screen for a good 30 minutes out of disbelief.”
“I realized that I had the opportunity to fulfill a dream. There is no other feeling like this in the world,” Kurowski added.
The son of Mark and Sandra Kurowski, he is a member of St. Victor Church in Lansing and enjoys salsa dancing. On campus, he is a member of Indiana University’s Cook Research Lab.