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Brandenburger Tor (gate) in Berlin, Germany

September 2, 2015

A Jump to Another World: Six Weeks in Germany

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By Jennifer Salvatore ’18 Coming home from freshman year of college on a Sunday in May, I was ready to see my old high school friends, ready to go to my favorite pizza shop and ready to sleep in my own bed. I was ready to relax and go back to everything I was familiar with. But just […]

July 9, 2015

Home!

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I started writing this post a while ago and just continued it recently.  Enjoy! Back in May: On Sunday the 17th, I left Madrid to travel with my grandparents.  We spent two days in Berlin, and on Wednesday, we began the river cruise portion of our trip. I was very impressed with Grand Circle (the […]

June 20, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Germany, A History Pt. 2

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Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and Germany, Divided Again The struggle for power continued, with radical-left Communists seizing power in Bavaria. The Treaty of Versailles (1919) placed a majority of the blame and economic burden of the First World War on Germany. This spawned a period of hyperinflation and crippling economic burden. 1924 ushered in […]

May 20, 2015

¡Hasta Luego España!

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My last final was on Wednesday, the 13th.  I remember feeling relieved when I turned it in as I normally do at the end of final exams – it’s a good feeling to have zero academic responsibilities after the stress of studying for finals.  However, as soon as I walked out the classroom door, it […]

May 17, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The German Welfare State Pt. 2

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Opinion In America, every now and again you still come across a far right conservative who advocates for a laissez faire economy and the end to government welfare programs. However, most people have come to realize the importance of providing some amount of welfare; unless you are talking to Ron Swanson, that is. (By the […]

May 17, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The German Welfare State Pt. 1

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Welfare is one the great debates of modern American politics. Those who lean toward the left tend to advocate for more expansive and encompassing government welfare systems which the poverty-stricken masses can live off of. More conservative folks would argue for fewer government handouts and would more than likely make a reference to Social Darwinism. […]

April 26, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Manners

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Prior to leaving for this semester abroad, I was granted innumerable departing well-wishes and reminders. “Have a beer for me!” “Don’t bother coming back!” “Stay safe!” “Make good decisions!” “Remember, God is watching!” You can imagine who said those last few. However, by far the most common send-off was, “Have fun, it will go by […]

April 13, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The Environment Part 2

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As I discussed in the first part of this environmental comparison overview (found here), a reformation of electrical energy production is, at this point, overdue, and the strides made in renewable energy by the Germans should be used as guidance. There are lesser ways that the Germans reduce their carbon footprint and resource usage without […]

April 6, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The Environment Part 1

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Hey guys, congratulations, we’ve finally done it! As of a few days ago, we have officially made Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, a tepid 63.5°F (17.5°C). This is just one more example of human resiliency. From 1901 to 1904, Captain Robert Falcon Scott led the Discovery Expedition, the first official exploration of Antarctica. When […]

March 29, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Transportation

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Transportation is the backbone of any society. Cars bring people to work, buses haul kids to school, trucks spread goods across the country, trains pull miles of containers from coast to coast. America’s institutions would not exist if we did not have fast, reliable means of transportation. However, for six decades America has neglected to […]