My First Trip Abroad in Photos

My project “Austauscherfahrungen” has been active for more than a year now. To celebrate this occasion and reflect on the roots of this blog, I have put together this post—My First Trip Abroad in Photos. There are two ways to “read” this entry: you can either start from this page and click on the photosContinue reading “My First Trip Abroad in Photos”

Returning Home After 13 Months Abroad

  Returning home to Georgia, U.S.A after 13 months abroad was surreal. I spent 7 weeks in Kiev, Ukraine. And before that, I was an exchange student in Erlangen, Germany. During my 11-month stay in Germany, I didn’t visit home a single time.     I left behind a different reality in Europe and hadContinue reading “Returning Home After 13 Months Abroad”

My Goals for a Year-long Exchange in Germany (A Bilingual Text )

This essay was the final step in the application process at my university before I was officially nominated to study at FAU in Erlangen, Germany. I share how I studied German back home, what my goals were for studying here, what I may want to do in my future and how I will make the most of my time here.

How to Prepare for an Exchange in Germany

How can I meet people abroad?
What do Germans think about Americans?
What is it like living in Germany?
Three of many questions addressed in this post about studying abroad in Germany for American students!

Getting Started with Studying Abroad

Dear readers, I would like to discuss “studying abroad” for American college students. Studying abroad is a rich experience to undergo during your college years. The first time abroad is life- changing. You see yourself and your native culture with different eyes. You get to experience everyday life of those who live thousands of miles awayContinue reading “Getting Started with Studying Abroad”

First Time Visiting a Concentration Camp (August 2017)

Dachau was the model for other camps. It was first. The quote on the front gate of the camp reads “Arbeit macht frei.” Working was supposed to “rehabilitate criminals and other wrong-doers.”

New language, new life

For instance, the beginning of your foreign language-learning journey is similar to the first time you hear a beautiful song where you are first captivated by the overall sound; then, you develop the ability to slowly pick out words, next grasp a gist of the meaning, and then, finally, the philosophical richness of the language.