Category: University of Mannheim

Election Fever

It seems as though I went from one daunting election in the U.S. to yet another in Germany. I’m not going to lie, arriving in a country and seeing mega sized headshots of candidates in the streets really reminds you that you have no idea what is going on in the world and you’re one ...

Heidelberg or Heaven?

Only a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim, there’s a ridiculously charming touristy town called Heidelberg. Because it wasn’t a hub of transportation or an industrial stronghold during the 1900s, (luckily) the U.S. Army didn’t feel as though it was remotely necessary to bomb it during the second World War. It is because of this that ...

Grocery Store Confusion

When I was packing in preparation for these four months, I double checked various travel blogs to ensure I was bringing everything I needed for my trip. Deodorant, vitamins, notebooks, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and any document I may ever need while abroad. Although I felt massively prepared, I really didn’t know what to expect ...

Exploring Mannheim’s Quirks

Now that I’ve been here for a couple weeks and am slowly beginning to feel like a local in this peculiar little city, I wanted to discuss the beauty of this place. On my arrival, I was constantly greeted with Mannheim’s infamous motto, “Leben. Im Quadrat.” Which literally translates to, “Life. Squared.” Despite its bluntness, ...

Welcome Week Wisdom

For those that don’t know (which I guarantee is most of you), the University of Mannheim throws together a ‘Welcome Week’ for all of its incoming exchange students. It’s a wonderfully chaotic time consumed with running around campus completing random University requirements for enrollment. However, this is also an incredibly lucrative time to make some ...

Stepping Into Your New Life

Armed with my passport in one hand, all of my important documents in the other hand, and an entire bag of Smartfood Popcorn in my stomach, I nervously stepped onto the Lufthansa flight that would whisk me away from Philadelphia, and fly me straight to Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. All week long I was ...

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Benjamin Saff: The Most Important Thing About Study Abroad

Today is my last day in Mannheim. I must say that the four months seem to have flown by. I this blog post I will let my thoughts flow freely and hopefully illustrate some changes that took place in me over my time here. I remember an initial anxiety upon coming here. It’s the anxiety ...

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Benjamin Saff: Reflecting on being American

Studying abroad can not only open your mind to the world but can also help you gain a fuller perspective of your country from an outside perspective. Here is my reflection on being American. I think one of my earliest associations with my country is that we are commonly known as “the land of the ...

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Benjamin Saff: Connectedness and Cultural Awareness: A Hippy Post

I was recently asked about potential outcomes of my study abroad experience. I thought about the changes that have taken place in me since I’ve been here. For me the impact was quite huge for me. Being an American and living in a society where, practically, you can live your entire life, whilst knowing very ...

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Federico Mosconi: Defining Moments in Study Abroad

I don’t think that I can sum up everything that has happened in this experience into one specific moment. I think that there have been numerous situations that were defining in their own ways. Living everyday in a foreign country builds up your study abroad experience. I feel that it was the act of having ...