Sunday, November 2, 2014

two months in konstanz

Past two months have basically flown by. Konstanz has become home, school has started, weather is getting colder and days shorter. The long awaited feeling of christmas and winter is already sneaking around the corner and replacing afternoons by the river with gl├╝hwein and movie nights inside. As this week didn't include any extraordinary trips, I figured it would be a great time for me to share some pictures from recent times.

To keep this blog at least slightly informative, I can share some first impressions of school life here too. When back home, a course consists of both lectures and seminars, these two are completely separate things here. So far I have decided to take two seminar courses in English and two lecture courses in German, plus two language classes for my German, which is a lot more stuff in German that I was planning on doing. A lecture also includes a Tutorat, which is technically not compulsory, but takes place once a week or every two weeks and goes quickly over the lecture material and reading, plus answers all kinds of questions in smaller groups. So far, Kyle and I have visited one of those, where we pretty much wanted to cry because of the super fast (and by that I mean VERY fast) politics talk in German. Nevertheless, the feeling of actually understanding what was going on in there made us feel very almighty. Maybe it's too soon to tell yet, but the lecture-tutorat system seems to be pretty effective, and in any case, a nice change for me. Another thing that I really appreciate here is the fact that the professors don't expect the students to know everything already, which has been especially nice in my German political system class, where my previous knowledge is probably ten times lower than everyone else's who have done their Abitur in Germany or well... just are Germans.

But for now, happy pancake-sunday! :)

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