Hi! I’m Stephanie, a scientific editor recently turned blogger at Metrohm. You may know our customer magazine Metrohm Information—that’s what I’m usually in charge of. However, this year, I’m traveling around the world for our company’s 75th anniversary. On my trip, I will learn everything about the company and the people behind it.
Usually, I don’t get to travel that much for Metrohm. Instead, I spend a lot of time at my desk at our Headquarters in Herisau. This part of Switzerland is more or less what you imagine Switzerland to be if you know it only from the Heidi books: There are few people and many cows. But there’s also Metrohm! It’s a peculiar setting for a high-tech company but, then again, Metrohm isn’t your run-of-the-mill corporation. You will understand what I mean when you read this brief history of Metrohm.
I am sure that Metrohm’s special culture is a big part of what made me move to this remote part of Switzerland—and has made me stay for over 4 years now. I joined the MarCom team at Metrohm Headquarters in the summer of 2013. As a scientist who’s interested in communication, the job as editor of Metrohm Information matched my interests and my skills. Looking back though, I realize that what really made this job a jackpot for me was (and still is, for that matter) my team at Metrohm, which is 100% irreplaceable!
Four years later, all of a sudden, I find myself making my debut as a professional travel blogger. For me, this means turning my passion into my profession: Traveling and writing is what I’m all about!
I was born in Germany twenty-something years ago – to a Guatemalan mother who is also part Italian, Dutch, and German, and a German father. Needless to say, I grew up in utter cultural and linguistic confusion. But also with a big family spread across many countries and with a lot of traveling.
I lived in Germany and France during my childhood. After finishing high school, I moved to Switzerland for my Bachelor studies, and then to the Netherlands for my Master studies. In 2013, as a young graduate of Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, I came back to Switzerland to join Metrohm. All of my experiences abroad have become part of who I am. I still use my free time to travel whenever and wherever possible.
With my tendency to always look into the distance, I haven’t always given Herisau and its surroundings a lot of attention in the past years. There’s still a lot for me to discover here. As Antoine de Saint Exupéry writes in Wind, Sand and Stars:
“Distance is not the measure of remoteness. The wall of our own garden may enclose more secrets than the Wall of China.”
I always try to travel with open eyes and an open mind. But I think that I sometimes forget this at home. This year, I will make an effort to always keep my eyes and my mind open—both at home and far away.
I’m looking forward to getting to know the world and the people of Metrohm. And I’m looking forward to seeing my home with new eyes. I hope you’ll join me for the ride. Your comments are always welcome—praise, criticism, or a simple hello! And if you’re connected to Metrohm and would like to share your Metrohm story as a guest author, definitely get in touch with me!
Lots of love