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August 30, 2012

One of Those Days

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Sometimes, you just know it’s going to be one of those days. And sometimes, the day just completely turns around in the space of a few hours. Yesterday was my birthday. More importantly it was my 21st birthday. It should be a happy day right? Nope! Key sign out for upper class students from 9am-1pm, […]

August 15, 2012

Ocean City Part 2

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This is a continuation of Ocean City, Part 1. The next day was Saturday, and like college students all over the country, we didn’t get up until almost noon. The weather wasn’t as bad as the day before, but still not what you’d call beach weather. We headed over to the beach after lunch, and […]

July 26, 2012

Ocean City, Part 1

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On Friday morning, I woke up at 7 am, packed my bags, and (finally) headed away from campus, to Ocean City, NJ. The trip to Ocean City is something the ISA sponsors every summer for students on campus. Since our beloved ISA president Sabbir had to drop out due to Ramadan, I, as newly elected […]

June 26, 2012

Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland

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Six months ago, I arrived in Germany, with excitement and trepidation in heart, trying to decipher all the German signs but failing quite miserably. Six months later, I left the country a little wiser, a little worldlier, and, well, a little better at German. This past semester has been the most exciting six months of […]

May 3, 2012

Looking Back: Helgoland – The Fondest Memory

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Sometimes, you lose track of important things. And sometimes, those things come back to mind at the most unexpected moments. During our last German Politics and Culture lecture today, we were asked to fill out an evaluation on the school-organized excursions we went on over the course of the semester. One of the questions was, […]

March 19, 2012

Servery Boycott

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I had originally planned to write another travel log for this entry. However, something very meaningful took place tonight here at Jacobs University, and I would like to share it with all of you. First, a little bit of background information about how the cafeteria/catering company here works. Residence halls at Jacobs are called colleges, […]

March 12, 2012

Berlin!

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Berlin. A city of crucial significance in modern history. Perhaps it’s because of the fact that China has been striving for reunification ever since WWII, just like Germany. Or maybe it’s just the fact that I love international politics. In any case, I have always had a strong desire to visit Berlin. A week ago, […]

February 21, 2012

Bergen-Belsen

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The other exchange students and I visited the Bergen Belsen Memorial on Friday as part of our recent studies and discussions regarding German history and the Holocaust in our German Politics and Culture class. Bergen-Belsen was originally established as a prisoner of war camp by the Nazis in 1940. In 1943, it became a concentration […]

February 1, 2012

Hallo aus Deutschland!

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Greetings from Germany! My name is Xingjian Ma, but I go by Max. I am a Chemical Engineering major from Shenyang, China. I am from the class of 2014, and I am currently studying abroad at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany for one semester. One of my biggest hobbies is photography, so expect plenty of […]