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Nicholas Sukiennik: German Culture

  Entry III: The Language Barrier Living in a foreign country can be challenging especially if one doesn’t know the native language of that country. I, for one, am not a native speaker I German, nor have I previously studied it in an academic setting, and only a few months before my arrival did I ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: RUB and Environmental Awareness

Environmentalism at Ruhr My entire life these days could be easily characterized by a constant awareness of large-scale environmental issues going on in the world– an awareness so dominant as to consume my thoughts and even actions whenever I am not fully occupied with something else. As an introduction to my arguably irrational fixation, my ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Eating

Entry 2 Eating in Germany If you only knew two things about me, they would probably be 1) that I´m a vegetarian, and 2) that I am currently in Germany. To many people, the two facts seem to be contradictory. I have been warned many times that “there are no vegetables” in Germany, or that ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: The Beginning

  Day three in Germany: now that I’ve had a little time to get settled, let us begin the first blog entry. I arrived in Germany on Friday, April 4th, at around 8:40 a.m., over an hour late, due to inclement weather in Abu Dhabi, where I had a transfer (my original flight was from ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: A Day in the Life at RUB

  Here I would like to write a simple outline of my daily routine at RUB, so one can get the impression of what it is really like to live here, including all the trivialities of life (which are really the most substantial part, if you add them all up). Let’s begin with my phone ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Campus Life as an Exchange Student

  Being an exchange student is much different from being a student at one’s home university. Usually, exchange students tend to stick around with each other, rather than making local friends and acquaintances, because we have the shared experience of being in a new and unfamiliar place, whereas local students are generally content with their ...

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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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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: How to Balance a Social Life and Good Study habits While Studying in Germany

  It is true, sometimes study abroad experiences have a reputation of being more focused on “partying” than studying, despite the fact that they are primarily meant to provide a more global academic experience. It is also true that one cannot blame a person who wants to make the most out of the social opportunities ...