Tag: learning

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22 Today it day 89 of 90. No residence permits means I’ll be living illegally in Germany starting in 2 days. I really hope nothing it wrong with my documents. And…good news! I won’t be needing a physical residence permit- instead it is a piece of paper that indicates that I have left Germany ...

Zoom Fatigue, Broken Fridges, and Technoseum

November 15     Everyone’s most likely heard of Zoom fatigue. I’ve had some online classes before the pandemic, but now it’s starting to hit me real hard, much to the point where I keep blanking out during class. How many years has it been? Like two years? I’ve been working away at my laptop ...

Spooky Tales, Invasive Birds, and Disturbance

November 8 It’s dark and cold outside, but some street lights light your way home. You can hear the wind blowing, and nothing else. You’ve always walked this path, and sometimes you’ll see some dogs or birds in the brushes. But then you hear a strange and distant sound. They sound like thumping. It’s probably ...

Happy Halloween!

October 25 “Remember to bring in a hero or anti-hero to discuss about for next class!” Our professor repeated that at least twice. It didn’t cross my mind until the day before! What are some examples of heroes or anti-heroes? Superman? Batman? Spiderman? Joker? Venom? Someone from the Marvel Universe, that’s what you call them, ...

Chestnuts, Presentation, and Stress

October 18 A few weeks back in late September, I started to notice chestnuts (Kastanien/Maronen) on the ground around the city. I came across a huge pile on the grass and sidewalk near the University while I was walking around. “I wonder if someone will clean this up?” I wondered. And my question was answered ...

A Typical Day and —

September 20 It’s just any typical day with class. I join in 10 minutes early, but why does it feel like an eternity on the university website? It’s probably the thousands of students who also have online classes on a Monday! I eventually am connected to the Zoom room. I hear interesting stories from students, ...

Folktales, Ayran, and Heidelberg

September 13 In a forest, there were two animals who were best friends, a crow and a deer. They trusted each other and did everything together. But one day…a wolf came to the forest and asked the deer to be its friend. The deer, of course, agreed to be the wolf’s friend. The crow warned ...

Stories, Milk, and Bells

September 6 Wake up, wake up, wake up! It’s the first day of class! I begin the day walking to Netto which is stationed conveniently outside my building. After purchasing a few ingredients for a breakfast sandwich and some butter cookies/shortbread (Butterkekse) to enjoy while I work and study! Today’s class is all about myths, ...

Welcome to the University of Mannheim!

University of Mannheim, just across the street! August 30 It’s finally Welcome Week at the University of Mannheim! I have been looking forward to this week, where I can meet students from all parts of the world- and it’s all online. It’s definitely going to be more difficult to meet other students this way, but ...

Reflection on My Time Abroad in Florence

My time studying in Florence, Italy, has been truly incredible, and I have seen and experienced so much, not only in Italy but in countries across Europe. I could not have hoped for or imagined a better semester. Although it is difficult to say in words all the things that I learned, I think it ...