When Bashar Harbi came to Germany from Syria six years ago, he taught himself the German language - supported by his foster parents, but also with the help of countless YouTube videos. Bashar felt at home in Germany right from the start. He quickly became an enthusiastic Werder fan and says in retrospect: "From the beginning, I loved the clear orientation towards rules that prevails in Germany: it gives you security." After successfully graduating from secondary school, he immediately found an apprenticeship as a biology lab technician at the University of Bremen. He could hardly believe his luck: "Oh great, from now on I'm at the university! Before, he - like many others - was not aware that you can not only study at the university, but that many apprenticeships are also offered there (in addition to laboratory jobs, also in the areas of service, crafts and computer science). Bashar enjoys working with the half-yearly changing working groups of bachelor's and master's students and doctoral candidates. Through this, he learns about different topics and projects, raves about the team and his nice instructor, and still wants to develop further. His advice to other young adults - whether from Germany or immigrants - is to think carefully about whether you absolutely have to study: "You also learn a lot in training, and later you sometimes even earn more than some who have completed a degree!"
In Syria, Bashar grew up with horses, which he also loves to spend his free time with here in Germany. He is training for his riding badges because he would like to compete in tournaments later on. His dream? A horse of his own (he grins): "Preferably an Arabian, of course!"