The YES! Team Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf

Who We Arw – The Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf

We, the project group of the Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf, want to introduce ourselves by answering five questions. Of course any accordances are coincidental.

Our Topic: „Dealing with the Challenges of Urban Development“

Authors: Lina Makoben und Nicolas Voß

Gordon Bruns

Half-empty or half-full?

Half-full! I’m a nerve-racking optimist, even though it’s proven that pessimists live longer and their relationships are more stable. That should mean I will die young and lonely, but at least happy!

Money or love?

It would be politically correct to say „love“ but it somehow depends on the amount of money…

Favorite place to be?

Either way in a forrest with my dog (the season doesn’t matter) or a nice beach in summer.

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

The classical answer: give some money to my family, donate something, buy and eat lots of nougat and travel (as a teacher you can easily do a sabbatical year or two). And if it was too much nougat I’d hire a personal trainer.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

It hast o be a city where the weather is nice, since the weather in northern Germany is very depressing. I liked my trip to Lissabon two years ago very much. The city conveys a sad severity and additionally you hear the depressing fado all the time. But the people are unbelievably courteous and the city offers a lot of possibilities. And hey, the ocean is not far away.

Joscha Betke

Half-empty or half-full?

To my mind, it depends on the situation. When I fill up a glass it’s half-full; after I drank half of it it’s half-empty.

Money or love?

If the question eliminated the other possibility I’d say „love“, because it’s more fulfilling. The saying “The best things in life are free” is more than just an empty quote.

Favorite place to be?

The place where I’m surrounded by open-minded people and where a beach isn’t far.

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

I would invest the money based on long-term considerations to be financially free later on in my life.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

Amsterdam is the most beautiful town I visited, even after three weeks of travelling in Europe. The city not only provides beauty with plenty of town canals and nice buildings, but especially a cosmopolitan and modern atmosphere.

Lina Makoben

Half-empty or half-full?

Half-empty, but actually I would rather consider myself as a realistic than a pessimistic person.

Money or love?

Love since money alone does not make you happy.

Favorite place to be?

There’s nothing better than a comfortable twin bed with a lot of pillows and a fuzzy blanket. The world is too big and too beautiful to decide on one single geographic spot.

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

I would give some money to my family, treat myself with some things, study without worrying about money and I would build my dream house someday.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

I am attracted to Stockholm. On the one hand I would have the ocean right in front of me and on the other hand I’m fascinated by the sustainability and the city’s environment friendly concept. Furthermore Stockholm isn’t too big and quite green, I really couldn’t imagine living between concrete walls. What a coincidence that I just started learning Swedish…

Martin Lorenzen

Half-empty or half-full?

That depends on how thirsty I am. But most of the time it’s half-full. One half is filled with water, the other half with air.
A glass may be half-empty and half-full simultaneously.

Money or love?

A marriage contract.

Favorite place to be?

My favorite place in somewhere in Switzerland- maybe in Tessin. I love the alps and the lakes.I especially like Swizerland’s multicultural character, it’s diversity and the lived federalism.

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

If I won 1.000.000 Euro I would by a house, invest money and travel around the world.
Perhaps I would also get the possibility to meet an interesting personality like Henryk M. Broder, the current pope or Ron Paul.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

That would definitely be Vancouver. The city offers big parks, a great harbor and markedly diverse and interesting districts.
Vancouver is built more spacious than many other megacities in Northern America and thus has a more open but not less livable character than e.g. New York City. Furthermore I like the people’s mentality.
To my mind Vancouver embodies livability.

Mats Pieper

Half-empty or half-full?

Half-empty because a pessimistic attitude in life protects you from being disappointed.

Money or love?

I‘d say love if it meant I never owned money again. But if my choice was immediately handed out to me I would say „money“, because in that way I could focus on relationships.

Favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is definitely the island Spiekeroog in the North Sea, which I visit twice a year to play rounders. On a daily basis I like to go to a small gravel pit in a forest near my house, where I can think clear.

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

I don’t want to be a stuffed shirt, but I would save the majority as a backup for my future.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

Actually I’m not interested in moving to a big city. There’s too much turmoil, stress and in general a lot of problems, which I have noticed during our research. I’d rather move to a suburb or to the countryside. But if I had to move to a big city I would choose Vancouver. It provides the ocean on the once side, the mountains on the other side and in the middle an open and growing city.

Nicolas Voß

Half-empty or half-full?

Obviously half-full. You have to be satisfied with what you have. Positive thinking is the key! Empty sounds negative.

Money or love?

Love! You’ll always make ends meet somehow. There’s this nice saying: „Money alone doesn’t bring happiness“. It’s nice to come home after an exhausting time to find a special some, who makes you smile.

Favorite place to be?

The stony shore between Palma and Arenal in Mallorca. The place is perfect for relaxing and a good book!

What would you do if you won 1.000.000 Euro?

I would save a part for my family’s financial security and with the rest I would found a foundation to improve education in developing countries.

If you had the choice which big city would you move to?

I would be attracted by Paris. Even though there are many problems in every section- from infrastructure to the social relationships- I’m in love with the French culture and because of my number of visits in the “City of Love” I’ve developed a special connection with this European metropolis. Maybe it’s even possible to solve the problems while becoming involved locally.

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“Dealing with the Challenges of Urban Development”

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Gymnasium des Kreises Plön
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24226 Heikendorf
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