Finding a part-time job in Stuttgart

Time, money and happiness seem to be the most ‘run after’ things in a modern human being’s life in the pursuit of finding ‘the balance’. For a typical millennial, it’s quite often the case that the hold is only on 2 of the 3 and sometimes, lesser. While a balance amongst these 3 could be the goal of a professional, for a student, the proposition is quite clear, we have time and happiness but not big money. To make both ends meet and to fund that thrifty trip, we usually have to look for a...
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What changes when you study abroad?

30 Kilos was all the allowance I had to carry my belongings when I boarded my flight from India to Germany. 30 Kilos to fill in the clothes I wore to the groceries I had to use to possibly ‘feel being fed at home’. From the currency I spent to the restaurants I visited. Everything was about to change. From the faces I saw every day to the way I moved about the city. A new set of rules to be wary about. Put in a nutshell, the whole way I had been living so far had to be flip-flopped. Awe f...
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The Incredible Indian Night at Uni Stuttgart

Indian night at Uni Stuttgart promises the feel of the mystery quarters to the Indians here at the Uni. Considering how generously international our Uni is and how sizable the Indian community here is, it is amazing to see the students roll up their sleeves to make the IZ foyer a scaled-down India. Just for one evening. It gives the Indians a recollection and some space to connect to the roots while for the foreigners, a chance to peek into what India has beyond the common stereotypes. The ...
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A keen hope for a ‘Green Kurdistan’

When the “ahead of our time” Entrepreneur and my worldly guru Elon Musk recently revealed his plans of setting up a city in Mars, I went WOW! I am sure most of us did (At least those of us who follow this genius. If you haven’t, right after you finish reading this article, do it!!). The idea was fascinating to me and I can pretty much vouch for the success of the project. If not within the planned time, eventually, the team will (My take!). But, Hold on! Why do we have to go to another plan...
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Living on-campus versus off-campus

All the freedom and independence I dreamt of as a child were in the offing as I entered the university. Did the dream still hold on to the charm and the fantasies? Well, I would say it almost did except for the harsh face of the real world out of the cocoon. As children, we were always under the supervision of our parents who kept an eye on us and in a way kept reminding us what was right and what was not. But, as we came of age and got out of the snug homes of our parents, we had a lot o...
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Forte, soul, creativity and Meraki

Meraki! The moment I heard the word, I had a crack at making funny rhyming words. There were quite a few but on a serious note, I related it to something that had to do with art. Vague enough but close enough. Heard from a friend that it meant a synergistic outcome when you put your heart and soul into it. Synergy, check. Heart and soul, double check. That was my impression when I witnessed the way the Meraki crew set the ball rolling with their premiere season. The performance sure took me...
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The frightening first semester

Cluelessness, anxiety and excitement are the words that best describe the first semester at university. A whole world unfolds in front of us while we gear up to make the most of our time at the university. There is a new face in every corner and the urge to find the new hang out gang sometimes gets the better of our egos and we get mingling. Especially, in an international environment of the likes of the University of Stuttgart, the excitement is undoubtedly multiplied. While the charm and ...
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Being organized at university: Why and How?

Life in university is arguably the best time of our life where one doesn’t go by any definite set of rules but rather takes his own path and experiences life as it comes. Chaos and mess become a norm as we set out exploring the world away from home. The callow youth in us takes away all concerns until the stress knocks the door in the form of an exam. Phew! I still can’t get rid of the exam phobia that does the spoiler job right at the time when everything in the world seems to be going you...
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Dawn, dusk and her grit

Motivation is something that is quite indispensable to keep us going. Sometimes even to get off the bed, a poster with some catalyzing quote becomes a mandate. Inspiration is often veiled in books while sometimes it is the masked modesty of humans that deceives us. We usually look too far for something to inspire us while we overlook our environs. The international exposure that Stuttgart offers us is truly a bliss and we certainly get to socialize with people from different upbringings. Wh...
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Get the most out of Internationales Zentrum

The first day at University is something we will all remember for all the right reasons. Be it the anxiety of facing fresh faces from across the world or the excitement of blending into the culture of a foreign land, we will cherish the moments in years to come. Right from the meticulously organized reception to swift sliding through the formalities, the Internationales Zentrum (IZ as it is commonly known) has all that covered. Stationed in one of the quaintest buildings in the Vaihingen ca...
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