The College Experience: December

by - 2:53 PM

It's an early edition of the College Experience this Christmas Eve. However, it wouldn't make any sense to post after Christmas. You see, Germans love Christmas. And since I not only study the German language, but also the German culture, this month was crowded with Christmas activities. Here's a short and sweet picture-filled post on my fourth month in college.

Part of the College Experience is getting your head stuffed with almost useless information. For me, this means I don't just learn German, I also have to learn about the culture and experience it. It's the experiencing part that's fun. 
My class organised an excursion to Münster for a measly two college credits. The point of this excursion? See Münster and enjoy the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). To be honest, I didn't love the city. But I loved the hot chocolate they sold at the Weihnachtsmarkt. Besides, who wouldn't trade a day of school for a day of Christmas shopping?
We saw more Dutch school kids than Germans in Münster, but the Germans we saw at the train station were awesome: they were handing out free advent calenders :) Studying German has its advantages.

A few days after the Christmas excursion we had a Weihnachtsfeier (Christmas celebration) at college with all the freshmen and sophomore (plus one junior and a nine-months old baby from one of my classmates). Everyone had brought food, we played silly games and ate way to much (at least I did). Most of the peoplewere dressed in red and black, some people were wearing Christmassy hats and even the teachers were in an extremely good mood. For once, no one talked about grades and papers :)

So you see, college isn't all about hard work all the time. Sometimes it's about having fun with your friends around. Have yourself an awesome Christmas ;)

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  1. Aww what a sweet post! Sounds like you're having a great time :) Merry Christmas to you too! :D xx

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    1. Thank you :) Hope you're enjoying your Christmas :)

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  2. Your college sounds interesting :D
    I agree college isn't about working hard..it's about working smart. :D
    and having fun is important part of it!
    Merry Christmas.

    PS - why would someone name market Weihnachtsmarkt it's so hard to say 0_0

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    1. I guess my college is kinda special, since it focuses completely on training people to become teachers. I haven't heard of a similar thing in other countries.
      With me, college is all about working hard. I just don't have some kind of mental break. In my own eyes, I've never worked hard enough. It makes me really hard on myself :( It's a good thing that there are events like these too in college :)

      PS- Why would someone name the market Weihnachtsmarkt? Because Germans like to make things difficult :P

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  3. Wow college sounds fun xD
    For me, we had to go to the administration to get a break from med school- and we got it cause of the current security situation we have, not cause of winter or new year or anything Dx

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    1. College is a lot of fun at times :)
      I have a lot of vacations and if I don't want to go, I just don't go. I don't even have to notify anyone, which is actually a bit weird now that I'm thinking about it...
      How's the security situation now? I hear a lot about Peshawar on the news, does it influence your day to day life a lot?

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  4. Germany has the best Christmas markets! My aunt lives in Germany so I try to go there every year around Christmas time.
    It's great that your college organizes these trips! The furthest our school has taken us was Klagenfurt (and that was just so we could see a couple of buildings, nothing special). :)

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    1. I know, nothing can top a German Christmas market! We try to have our own Christmas markets in the Netherlands, but something's missing, something all German markets have.
      My college actually didn't organize it - my class did. College was like: so you wanna become a teacher? Teachers have to know how to organize a field trip. So that's what you're gonna do. Have fun.
      And that's allmy college did to get us there XD

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    2. Yeah, it's like that in Slovenia, too, we try, but there's no Christmas spirit.
      Ah yes, now it sounds more like my school. :D

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    3. School and Christmas markets, almost the exact same wherever you are :P

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  5. That seems like so much fun! Hope you had an amazing Christmas! :D

    -Kathie K
    http://climbingthroughtomorrow.blogspot.in/

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    1. It was fun, it made my whole December a little extra Christmas-y this year :)

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