Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 5

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 5

It’s hard to believe that this semester is ending. As cliché as it sounds, it seems as though last week I had arrived in Germany, getting ready for orientation. And now, I have completed my finals and am packing to go home. It’s even harder to fathom that at one point I did not want to leave home. After meeting so many people and making so many memories, I’m glad that I decided to come.   December sure has been…

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 4

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 4

As part of my European Healthcare and Welfare class, we took an excursion to Bremerhaven, a port city in Germany. We had the opportunity to meet with Dr. med. Gábor Keresztury, who is the chief physician of the vascular surgery clinic at Ameos Klinikum St. Joseph Bremerhaven. The topic of our class was the medical profession, so we met with this doctor to shed some light on how he became a doctor and his experiences in the European healthcare system….

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 3

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 3

This weekend, my European Healthcare and Welfare class, which is a seminar specifically for study abroad students, went on an excursion to Berlin. (Thanks Vassar for footing the bill!) There is a lot of American history in Berlin, from the separation of the city into four sectors and the subsequent Berlin Airlift to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The experience of visiting the city and the history it encompasses was definitely a weekend well-spent. A really nice touch to…

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 2

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 2

The great thing about studying abroad is the new places and people you meet. The bad thing about traveling abroad is that if you don’t know the language, you end up wandering aimlessly for a month trying to figure out basic language skills. For example, try saying “Welche sprachen sprechen Sie?” three times in a row. Despite initial language barriers, I feel somewhat integrated into the German lifestyle. The last month in Germany has exposed me to new experiences and…

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 1

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 1

After 18 hours of traveling (including layovers), I was glad to finally have reached my destination: Bremen, Germany. If you had told me that I would be in Europe a year ago, I would probably laugh. As a chemistry major on the pre-med track, going JYA is difficult if not impossible. So as I looked out my plane window and saw my first glimpse of the German landscape, it finally hit me that I was a on a completely different…

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