All posts by Wiktoria Brodzinska

Drexel University Pre-Junior, co-majoring in Marketing and International Business, currently studying abroad in Germany at the University of Mannheim! Follow me as I journey through the world, one embarrassingly funny story at a time!

A Typical Day in Mannheim

I’ve received a lot of questions in the past couple of weeks asking how exactly I spend my time abroad. Honestly, as incredible as it is to venture around Europe and create memories that will last a lifetime, it’s also equally as exciting to live in a foreign country for so long. But once all ...

Hiking in the Black Forest

Because Mannheim is conveniently located in the state of Baden-Württemberg (the biggest state in all of Germany) (yes, I’m bragging), it’s relatively close to the world-famous Black Forest. It’s a great day trip for Mannheim students, and provides endless opportunities for you to hike, explore, discover, and contemplate the spooky legends that have given this ...

Finals Are Upon Us

As much as I rejoiced in the pure bliss and quaint charm of German Christmas Markets, they did instill a singular and horrifying thought in my mind: finals are coming. Even though there were cheery wooden stands on every corner promising that Santa Claus was going to be coming around, we all knew this happiness ...

Student Housing in Mannheim

Living in campus housing in the University of Mannheim is far more different than living in Drexel University housing. To start off, the dorms are both for Mannheim students and exchange students, making it easier to meet full-time students and vice-versa. The other difference is that the student housing buildings aren’t actually on campus. Because ...

Christmas (Market) Time Is Here

With the start of December, Mannheim is kicking off its Christmas season by celebrating with one of Germany’s most beloved holiday traditions: Christmas Markets! The town has been setting up for days, and the market has finally been opened for the city residents and students alike. It’s a much welcome distraction from the daily work ...

Excuse Me, What Is The Temperature???

Lately I’ve been thinking about weather a lot. Mostly because every time I step outside I feel like my face is going to fall off. But that just might be my slight overreaction. But I don’t think so. It seems as though the weather here went from 100 to 0 real quick, and to my ...

What I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity of speaking with another Drexel student who was interested in studying at Mannheim. I was asked several questions about general life here, but I was also asked a specific question that I still have trouble answering to do this day: “What do you wish you knew ...

Safety In Mannheim

Because the constant fear of dying looms over potential study abroad students and their parents, I figured now would be as good of a time as ever to discuss the safety in the city of Mannheim. I want to start of by saying that despite Mannheim’s title of city, it feels more like a town. ...

What’s That Smell???

As I grew accustomed to living in Mannheim, I couldn’t help but notice a slight yet distinct scent that permeated the city. Particularly strong during the day time, I was constantly being bugged by my brain as to what it could possibly be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad smell, but it wasn’t ...

Discussing American Stereotypes

Before I left America, I was told time and time again that I would be constantly asked questions regarding life in the U.S., our politics, our laws and regulations, and anything else that could possibly be associated with Americans. What I wasn’t prepared for, was the number of students I’d meet that have an incredibly ...