My Reaction to Going Home for Christmas

Although it is not yet the end of the semester like it is at American universities, my school life is still quite stressful right now as the semester winds down and professors begin to talk of finals (ugh). Add to this a loaded work schedule as I try to make up the hours that will be lost during my two weeks of holiday vacation, and you should be able to see why I am pretty stressed out. via Despite my jam-packed schedule, I really wanted to write one last blog post before I jet off to the US of A Continue Reading

An Expat’s Stocking Stuffer Wishlist

In case you didn’t already know: I AM FLYING TO THE U.S. FOR CHRISTMAS IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS! I already sent my mom an email with my Christmas wishlist, but what I have not yet told her is what I would love to have in my stocking. Yes, I am 24 years old and still expect a stocking. In my family, our stockings were usually just stuffed with candy, gum, and a pair of socks. Since I have not been in the U.S. for 1.5 years, however, I am more excited than ever for these types of items. So, Continue Reading

Thanksgiving is… Where It Is

First of all, let me start off by saying: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays: family and friends come together in one place, there is no pressure to give people presents, and, most importantly, it is full of delicious food. As Thanksgiving this year was approaching, however, I realized something: I have not spent Thanksgiving at “home” (meaning with my immediate family at my parent’s house) in four years. My first time being away from home for Thanksgiving was in 2011, when I was studying abroad in Germany during my Bachelor’s. The next year, in 2012, Continue Reading

Toilet Paper Culture: Germans Fold, Americans Crumple

I have a question for you: when you go to wipe after using the toilet, do you fold or crumple the toilet paper? I know this is a strange question. Heck, you may have never even thought about it before. However, when watching TV with the German boyfriend recently, a show mentioned that different cultures have different methods for using toilet paper. In particular, they said that Germans fold and Americans crumple. After hearing this, Marco immediately turned to me and asked (with a grimace on his face), “You crumple the toilet paper?!” “Yeah…” I replied, “Wait, you fold it?” Continue Reading

How to Defer Student Loans When Studying Abroad

If, like me, you are an American that made the exciting decision to get your graduate or post-graduate degree overseas, then you are probably worrying about what to do with those pesky student loans back in the U.S. When graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S., the average student has approximately $30,000 in student loan debt. I can regretfully say that I am this average American undergrad, which is part of the reason why I decided to get my graduate degree in Germany: German universities are free (even for foreigners). And although I was able to immediately land a Continue Reading

Outen the Lights! | Mistranslation Monday

Welcome back to another Mistranslation Monday! I have been feeling quite uninspired when it comes to this blog lately, which is mostly due to the stress of starting my Master’s program in Germany. Currently, I am working on preparing for two presentations this week (hence why I didn’t post anything at all last week). Luckily, one of the presentations is in English, but the other one will be my first presentation in German in Germany in front of a room full of Germans! Wish me luck! Anyways, back to Mistranslation Monday. After a week-long streak of feeling quite uninspired, I Continue Reading

Astrology is a Science? | Mistranslation Monday

As you probably already know, last week was my first week of graduate school in Germany. One of the courses that I have to take as a part of my Master’s program is called Philosophy of Science. View from the back of the lecture hall All graduate students at the university have to take this course, which means it is held in a large lecture hall with approximately 200 students attending the each week. What is most interesting about this course, however, is that it is held in English. On the first day of class, the professor was discussing the Continue Reading

My First Week of Grad School in Germany

It’s official: I made it through my first week of grad school in Germany! So, I figured it now it is the perfect time to give you my first impression on how it will be to study in Germany. No, I am not going to grad school in the mountains (unfortunately). To help organize my thoughts after this whirl-wind week, let’s look at each of the parts of student life: Classes For my Master’s program, I have to take 6 classes each semester for 3 semesters. Then, my fourth semester is dedicated to writing a Master’s thesis. In general, the Continue Reading

Car Gram | Mistranslation Monday

A few weeks ago, the German boyfriend and I went to his biannual family reunion in the Austrian Alps. This reunion was quite different than when I went two years ago, mainly because of how much my German has improved over the past two years. So, unlike last time, Marco’s cousins no longer spoke English to me, and I was able to keep up with the Swabisch dialect begin thrown around pretty well. One of the only times English was spoken the entire weekend was when we were testing Marco’s youngest cousin, Dominik, on how well he could speak English. Continue Reading