Category: Spring 2014

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Nicholas Sukiennik: End of Exams Update

  For those of you who regularly read my blog, you know I am frequently very philosophical and subjective in my topics and descriptions. However, today’s entry will be more of a narrative, to your pleasure or dismay (or neutrality). I began intensively studying about one week ago at this time. After receiving the results ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: The Europe Effect

  Living in Europe is dangerous. No not in the way you might be thinking, like west-Philly at night dangerous, but dangerous because if you come, you may never want to leave. The first time I was in Europe, I was here for only two weeks. I flew from my last stop—Venice—to Bejing, where I ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Campus Activities

  While I haven’t been here long enough to integrate myself in all of the campus happenings (at least to the extent that I did at Drexel: WKDU, Sierra Club, Smart House, The Triangle, etc. etc.), I have partaken in several campus events that I will here share with you for a more comprehensive vicarious ...

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Carl Huebner: Crazy Weather of Germany

One thing that I have learned to come accustomed to is the sporadic weather of Germany. I have never seen the weather be so different from day to day, or even throughout one day. There truly is no rhyme or reason to the weather patterns here, regardless of the seasons. Regardless of what the forecast ...

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Carl Huebner: Schnitzel-Fritten-Werkstadt

The other day a local friend of mine told me about a famous schnitzel restaurant. It was only a few minutes away from campus in Bochum so I figured why not give it a shot. The restaurant “Schnitzel-Fritten-Werkstadt” is known for their wide and crazy variety of schnitzel. They offer over 150 different types of ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: How to Make the Most of a Study Abroad Experience

  Below I have listed some of the most important guidelines to having an unforgettable experience abroad, according to my experiences. Rule #1: Learn the language. I’ve said it a thousand times before in previous blog entries, but learning a language is the single most valuable thing one can do in a foreign country. Not ...

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Carl Huebner: Heidelberg

This past weekend a group of us took a trip to the old city of Heidelberg. This is a very historic city that is most famous for it’s castle that is open for touring to the public. It was a very long trip to get there and there really was not enough to do there ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Courses in the Drexel Engineering Spring in Bochum Program

  Below I will discuss the structure of the courses being taken and the material offered therein. German: An introductory course in German is offered for the first six weeks of the program. It begins with the ultimate basics, things which, if I were going to Germany, I would have learned (and did learn) beforehand. ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Stereotypes vs. Reality

  The following entry addresses a subject which many would try their best to avoid at all costs as to prevent criticism or controversy, but one which I will willingly discuss openly and honestly: stereotypes. In the United States, we are inundated with diversity, and, therefore, strive to neutralize any distinguishing features of a foreign ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Engineering

I hope the title of this entry isn’t too misleading, but this will be more of an expository of my current thoughts on engineering (and, thereby, life itself) in the context of my current location: Germany. So it’s week six of my term abroad in Germany. I’m still going strong as a soulless robot and ...