Home Sweet Home

I never thought coming back from abroad I would be so happy to be home. Jacobs seems almost like a distant blur, and thank god for that. One of the biggest surprises coming back from abroad would be the reverse culture shock. During my first week at Jacobs we did intercultural training (because it is an…

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Tschüss Germany <3

There’s an episode in ‘Friends’ where Rachel moves out of the apartment, starts crying and yells “it’s the end of an era”. That is exactly how I felt leaving Jacobs. Even though it was only four months, I felt a sort of sorrow thinking of leaving. So many people asked me how I felt to…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Part 2

Okay, so I will admit I was being a bit dramatic with that title (and with what I originally wrote to post for part 2). You know how at least once a semester you have a breakdown because you think you’re going to fail all of your classes, and then no one will ever hire…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Part 1

In this two part blog I will be discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of studying abroad at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. *Spoiler Alert: it’s mostly ugly* In part 1, I will tell you about why I decided to spend a semester 5,000 miles away from home. I want to tell you…

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The Final Countdown

There’s an expression my mom loves to use in French, “c’est le compte à rebours”. It means that the countdown has started, and something is coming close to an end. Whilst we were skyping she said that to me and it hit me that I only have a month left here. I had a moment…

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Oktober in Deutschland

It’s that time again for the monthly blog and I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. A lot has happened in these few weeks, starting with the cold. It’s unbelievable how much the temperature has dropped these past few weeks and I feel as if I am just not built for the cold, I…

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Midpoint Reflections

Being about midterms, and having no rest last week, I used this week as a break. I didn’t have anything planned and was just going to relax. It happened to be the first weekend of the Freimarkt, Bremen’s Oktoberfest, so I did stroll around there, and go to see some fireworks. Since I don’t have…

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Germany: Expectations vs Reality

Studying abroad is nothing like what I expected. This statement comes with some good and some bad, I’ll start with the bad. Jacobs University is a fairly secluded campus in northern Germany. To get to the nearest major city, downtown Bremen, you must take a 30-minute train. Although there isn’t much to do downtown Bremen…

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Bonjour, from Paris!

Since October 3 is the National German Day of Unity (basically their fourth of July), we didn’t have classes. That meant we got an extra 2 days of traveling this weekend! We decided to spend the weekend in Paris! We took the bus overnight Thursday. With all the traveling we have done with Flixbus, we…

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Celebrating Oktoberfest (in September)

Studying in Germany, I definitely felt obligated to go to Oktoberfest.  Since it isn’t actually in October, but rather the end of September, we only had a short amount of time to plan a trip. We managed to squeeze in one day September 22. An overnight bus from Bremen to Munich was about 12 hours…

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