A week had passed since I arrived in Germany, back in June. I was pretty tired of eating out, and I wanted to cook something at home or at least have food in my fridge. So, as anybody would do, I went to the supermarket.
I know! There’s nothing fantastic or worth writing about going to the supermarket… Except when you have absolutely no idea how things are called in German and you end up spending two hours wandering around the halls and starving.
That’s exactly how my first experience in a German supermarket was: Not normal. At all.
This is a preview of The German Supermarket Experience…When You’ve Just Arrived in Germany.
A student interested in studying in Germany recently mentioned to me that she was especially interested in Celtic Studies, and wanted to know if there were any specific programs in Germany. At first, I wanted to say that there were only general programs in which she could choose a “Schwerpunkt” for her studies, or a specific area of focus. But I wanted to confirm this, so I googled Celtic Studies and found that there were actually some specific programs available at both the Bachelor and Master level.
This is a preview of Study in Germany: Celtic Studies.
When you imagine going to (and living) in another country, there seems to never be a perfect way that you can capture its essence with your imagination. Considering Germany is a fully developed, 1st-world country, I was naturally under the impression that its infrastructure, population, and overall culture would not vary much from my own country, but seconds after stepping off the plane in Frankfurt Am Main, I realized this could not be further from the truth.
Despite all of the pictures I composed in my head, nothing could truly explain the differences between the United States and Germany. The surreal feeling that smacks you in the face upon arrival is one of the hardest wake up calls you will ever get in your life and although extremely tired and jetlagged, I simply could not get my emotions under control.
This is a preview of Moving to Germany: First Impressions.
Finding a German company willing to give an internship to an 18-year-old American girl with no experience and rough German skills isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. But somehow, I managed to do just that.
After being accepted into the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program, my next step was to decide in what field I wanted to intern. I decided to take a leap of faith and try to somehow work in the fashion industry—a passion of mine that was put on the backburner due to the limited possibilities available for a girl growing up in small-town Nebraska. I was lucky enough to be placed with a host family in Berlin, the so-called “fashion capital” of Germany, and that’s when I began my internship search.
This is a preview of How I Got a Fashion Internship in Germany.
They say that life is not about the destination, but rather the journey toward it. In the case of finding and establishing a career path in Germany, that statement has never been more true. It is not so much about what one wants to become, but rather how one plans to even get there.
As a student looking to start a career in Germany, one faces many obstacles. These challenges include applying for a residential/working permit, or even attempting to understand why your end income seems so meagre after tax contributions. It is a complicated system when one is initially exposed to it, but bear in mind, it is a system that works.
This is a preview of How to Launch Your Career in Germany.
I came into this world during the height of the American crime epidemic. Fortunately, much has changed in my home country during my lifetime. The ’90s saw the historic reversal of the crime wave of the ’70s and ’80s, followed by the return to post-war crime rates in the 2000s. But, while America is a much safer country than it was when I was born, many people have been scarred by the experience of growing up in a very violent country, and, as a result, a question has become commonplace for many before a move to a new town: “Where shouldn’t I go”?
This is a preview of Student Life: How Safe Is Studying in Germany?.