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Benjamin Saff: Standardized Tests

On a serious note, I want to talk a bit about the exam style here in Mannheim and also the general state of standardized exams in our education systems. Unfortunately there is too big of a focus on standardized test scores in our society today. In an excerpt from the book “Beyond Culture”, the Edward ...

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Benjamin Saff: Reflecting on being American

Studying abroad can not only open your mind to the world but can also help you gain a fuller perspective of your country from an outside perspective. Here is my reflection on being American. I think one of my earliest associations with my country is that we are commonly known as “the land of the ...

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Benjamin Saff: Study Abroad “Experience”

How was your study abroad experience? What were your favorite things about your experience abroad? – These are questions people may ask on my return home. And yes I could give a simple answer like “Oh well some of my favorite things about the experience have been making great friendships, experiencing new foods and exploring ...

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Benjamin Saff: Mannheim is Great

I’ll preface this post by mentioning that Mannheim doesn’t have the best rep in Germany. I have met multiple Germans here who, after a few minutes of friendly talk, inevitably ask the question “Why Mannheim?” often times followed up with a “It’s such an ugly city,” comment. Well guys, this Germans are a bit spoiled ...

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Benjamin Saff: Reflecting on Life Abroad

With only one month left of my residence here in Mannheim, I am reflecting more and more on this experience thus far. I began to think about my desired outcomes, how I’ve been affected and what the future holds for me. I will write this post – which is a bit personal – in hopes ...

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Benjamin Saff: Goods and Bads of Prague

Prague is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe and for good reason. It is uniquely beautiful and characterized by an interesting past. In this post I will talk about a few of the things I liked about it and also things I didn’t like since it is not always talked about. ...

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Benjamin Saff: Connectedness and Cultural Awareness: A Hippy Post

I was recently asked about potential outcomes of my study abroad experience. I thought about the changes that have taken place in me since I’ve been here. For me the impact was quite huge for me. Being an American and living in a society where, practically, you can live your entire life, whilst knowing very ...

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Benjamin Saff: A Bit About Germany

Figured I’d write a small fact-gathering post about my host country, Germany… Overview Germany is country in west-central Europe, known as the most populous member state of the European Union and its most powerful economic force. It is also the second most popular migration destination in the world. The country’s motto is “Einigkeit und Recht ...

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Benjamin Saff: Culture Shock

Culture shock is quite a real phenomenon. I was skeptical when first hearing about it and thought I would have a seamless transition into the German culture. It wasn’t exactly as smooth as I thought. Not to worry you though, culture shock is different for different and its extent always varies. The best I can ...

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Benjamin Saff: Germany and Religion

One of the greatest differences between Germany and my home country, the United States, is the role of religion in the society. First of all, Germany and U.S. do have the same majority religions in common; the Catholic and Protestant religions dominate as the majority. While both countries have an open policy about religion, the ...