When a German Tries to Fill Out a Map of the USA

There are 50 states in the USA. Do you know all of their names? Do you know where they all are? I had my German fiancé fill out a blank map of the U.S. to see how well he knows my home country. To start off with, Marco had nothing but this blank map of the U.S. and a pen. The first states he filled out were the ones he had visited: before we met, Marco had already taken two U.S. vacations to Florida and New York. Since we have met, he has been to Illinois four times. Other easy ones for Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: The Required Documents

If you didn’t already know, I am getting married! Since I am marrying a German in Germany, however, this process is much more bureaucratic than romantic (at least for now). The German fiance and I scheduled our first appointment at the local Standesamt (registry office) for Monday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. This made for a very exciting Valentine’s Day, as we were anticipating what would happen on the following day. What documents do we need to get married in Germany? Will I need to go to the American embassy? How much money will it all cost? Can we set Continue Reading

Top 5 German TV Shows

German-produced TV series suck. Even Germans are quick to admit it. However, if you pay close attention, you can find a diamond in the rough every once in a while. I love TV. Unfortunately, it seems like 99% of what German TV stations broadcast is either American or British TV series or horrible German reality shows. Over the past few years, however, I have found some favorites. Here is my list of the top 5 best German TV shows: 1. Tatortreiniger Der Tatortreinger (crime scene cleaner) is a show all about Heiko Schotte (better known as Schotty), and the interesting Continue Reading

Marrying Young in Germany

If you didn’t already know, my German boyfriend asked me to marry him, thus becoming my German fiancé. Exciting, right?! While I have received nothing but congratulations and excitement from my family and close friends, I have noticed some questionable reactions from some of my German peers. Marco and I have been together for nearly 5 years. We love each other. We have decided we want to be together for the rest of our lives. So, he asked me to marry him. But that’s not the part the Germans have a problem with. The problem is that I am only 25 Continue Reading

The Process of Writing a Term Paper in Grad School

I have four term papers (Hausarbeiten in German) due in March. Instead of just writing them now, however, I have decided to procrastinate by sharing my process for writing a term paper. via GIPHY If getting my Master’s has taught me nothing, at least it has made me a master in writing 18-page papers in exactly one week. I don’t even flinch anymore when every single one of my professors assign a Hausarbeit each semester, usually requiring somewhere between 15 to 20 pages of well-researched thought. Heck, last semester I managed to whip out six Hausarbeiten on vastly different topics within in two Continue Reading