After two weeks of traveling and visiting friends, I arrived in Vallendar. Not going to lie it was quite the day's journey and a bit of a transition as well. Visiting friends in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona the past two weeks was a great way to acclimate to life in Europe. It was quite nice, … Continue reading Willkommen to Vallendar
This past week has been filled with so much paper, I feel like a filing cabinet. It turns out that Germany loves its formalities and every one of them comes with at least one or two forms to fill out. There is a form for proof of health insurance, another for my social card (which … Continue reading Working on the Future and Learning about the Past
Almost two weeks down in Deutschland, and I like to think that I’m adjusting well. Spending half of my summer in Mannheim really helped me get accustomed to the little nuances of German culture, but there are some things about being in a new city throwing me for a loop. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bni3IP1Biag/?hl=en&taken-by=mickeymcollins A different university means … Continue reading Classes and Castles
When I pictured my year-long study abroad in Germany, I definitely expected to have a few bumps in the road. Ideally, everything would be smooth sailing and would never encounter a problem, but I knew that mindset was completely unrealistic. What I did not picture, however, was for those bumps in the road to start … Continue reading Trouble Out of the Gate
Nervouscited (noun) The sensation of being nervous and excited at the same time While this word isn’t technically “real” according to Webster, it perfectly encapsulates my feelings in this last week leading up to my year abroad. This trip has been nearly a year in the making and a life-long dream of mine, but … Continue reading Nervouscited
Mikayla Collins is a University of Florida student studying abroad during the Academic Year of 2018-19 in Bonn, Germany. To learn more about Mikayla's program, click here: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn. What is your year and academic concentration? Year: Junior (3rd year) Major: English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies Minor: German Have you … Continue reading Mikayla: A Year in Bonn
Shelby Fultz is a University of Florida student studying abroad during the Fall of 2018 in Vallendar, Germany. To learn more about Shelby's program, click here: WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. What is your year and academic concentration? I am a 3rd year Finance major with a minor in Retail, studying abroad at WHU … Continue reading Shelby: Fall in Vallendar
I have always been a believer in the idea that time passes quickly, and that we have to enjoy every single day and every single moment, since we often take them for granted. These past six weeks as part of my study abroad program in Germany have been proof of that principle. Today, as I … Continue reading Auf Wiedersehen, Germany!
The Holocaust. The Berlin Wall. The burning of the books. The Brandenburg Gate. The fall of the Third Reich. With all of this rich history, Berlin is a mecca of culture and a representation of reunification. Like the rest of Germany, the city has a dark and terrible past, and is still working to rebuild … Continue reading Ich Bin Ein Berliner?
If you ever watched the old “How It’s Made” episodes on television and enjoyed watching the ever-so-satisfying assembly lines and machines put things together so precisely, then the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg would probably be your paradise. Never have I seen such a large, modern, and complex factory. The Volkswagen production plant can be most … Continue reading Volkswagen CEOs and Currywursts