Top 5 Tips for Writing a Master’s Thesis in Germany

81 pages. 23,937 words. 1 hour-long oral defense. Although I never thought I would be able to say this six months ago, now I can: I DID IT! I successfully completed my master’s thesis (and my master’s degree). For other international students preparing for the final semester of their master’s degree, here are my top tips for writing a master’s thesis in Germany. START EARLYIf you are doing a classic 4-semester Master’s program, then I suggest you begin looking for a topic and supervisor at the start of your third semester. I chose my topic based on a term paper Continue Reading

Renewing a US Passport in Germany

Rain is wet. Fire is hot. Passports expire.  I had to renew my American passport this year, and since I live in Germany, I had the option of traveling to one of the three locations in Germany: the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the Consulate General in Frankfurt, the Consulate General in Munich, or the Consular Agency in Bremen. [Note: US citizens over 16 years old with an undamaged passport that was issued within the last 15 years are able to renew their US passports via mail. However, you have to pay the fee via check in USD or the credit Continue Reading

Job Search Visa for Foreign Graduates in Germany

Whether you are considering getting your degree in Germany, you are currently getting your degree in Germany, or you are just about to graduate, then you have probably wondered: What comes next? Good news! Foreigners who receive a degree from a German university are allowed to stay in the country after graduation in order to to work. However, if you are not lucky enough to have a job lined up directly after graduation, and your student visa is running out at the end of the semester, then you are eligible for the job search visa (Aufenthaltserlaubnich zur Arbeitsplatzsuche). To understand Continue Reading

Balls | Mistranslation Monday

After almost a month of internet silence, I am back with everyone’s favorite type of post: Mistranslation Monday! Today’s Mistranslation Monday is brought to you a single seemingly simple word, balls. Over Christmas and New Year’s, we rented a big house in Germany where both Marco and my families would spend the holidays together. This included both of our parents, both of our brothers, my sister-in-law, and Marco’s practically-step-brother. It was a full house, and of the 8 residents…1 was English/German bilingual1 could speak German and very limited English2 could only speak Germanand4 could only speak English. With such a Continue Reading

Why I’m Not Moving Back to the USA

My thesis defense will take place exactly one week from today. As soon as that day is over, there is no longer anything requiring me to stay in this country. Still, I am not moving back to the U.S. and I don’t have plans to do in the future. As anyone that knows me (or reads this blog) would guess, I have long-term plans to stay in Germany. Although I miss my family and friends every day, I truly believe that my quality of life is much higher in Germany than it is in the U.S. Why? Well, let me Continue Reading

3 Americans That are Only Famous in Germany

When it comes to fame, Germany has its own set of rules. The Germans have shot lots of foreign-born singers and bands into international stardom throughout the decades – the most famous example being The Beatles. Even today, there are Americans that can’t walk the streets of Germany without being recognized, yet hardly anyone in the U.S. has ever heard of them. Here are three of such Americans that are more famous, if not only famous, in Germany: Bruce Darnell source It’s hard to turn on German TV nowadays without seeing this American man’s face. Bruce Darnell is currently famous Continue Reading

Meeting Mrs. Nobody

It all began yesterday, when Mrs. Nobody lost the key to her apartment. Mrs. Nobody is my next-door-neighbor, and I am calling her Mrs. Nobody because her real last name is just one letter away from the German word for “nobody” (niemand). Mrs. Nobody is also a fitting name for my neighbor because of her age and gender. Although I had heard about the “invisibility” of elderly women before, I had never thought much about it. This was probably because I myself was guity of making these women feel so invisible. Anyways, here is everything I knew about Mrs. Nobody Continue Reading

How Germany Views the U.S. Elections

The time has finally come. The U.S. presidential elections are tomorrow, and we will soon know who the future President of the United States will be. And if you are an American, you better go vote (I already did)!Over the past few months, it has been just about impossible to turn on the TV here in Germany without seeing coverage of the U.S. presidential election. I can only imagine what it’s like to actually be in the U.S. right now… *shudders* But if you know anything about Germany, then it should already be pretty obvious that Clinton is favored among Continue Reading

The State of Germerica #2

Back in June, there was so much going on that I decided to write a post about the State of Germerica – that is, the general state of what’s going on in my life. Well, a lot has gone on since then, and I am not sure how to organize that all into a sensible blog post, so here we go again. Today’s post will proceed by topic. First up on the docket is… Apartment HuntingI want to move! As of November 1st, Marco and I have been living in our current apartment for exactly 3 years. That’s a long Continue Reading

Top 5 Translation Tools (German<>English)

Being enrolled in a German master’s program, I do my fair share of reading and writing [in both English and German]. I also do a lot of translation work for my student job at the university. So, I would consider myself quite knowledgeable when it comes to online translation tools and websites. If you have taken a German class, then your teacher probably told you to never use a translation website. Instead, you should use a German dictionary. Sure, that is a good tip for gaining a deeper understanding of the German language, but translation dictionaries are quick, easy, and Continue Reading