The Cost of Living in Stuttgart, Germany

The Cost of Living in Stuttgart, Germany

When students go on a semester abroad, they’re often not sure about which country or city to choose. Clearly, you take many different aspects into consideration and ask yourself questions such as: How will the weather be during your stay? Do you prefer to live in a big city or do you rather want to stay at a campus university? And, most importantly, how much does it cost to live in this country? If you think about going to Germany or you already made your decision, here’s what you need to know about the living costs in Stuttgart, Germany.

Rent

The rent in Germany depends very much on where you live. The south of Germany with cities such as Munich or Stuttgart tends to be more expensive. Cities in other parts of Germany turn out to be cheaper, for example cities in the eastern or northern part of the country. Besides, bigger cities are usually costlier than smaller ones. If you decide to go to Stuttgart, be prepared for comparatively high rents. According to a 2019 ranking, Munich is the most expensive city in Germany with 17.57 € per square kilometer, just followed by Frankfurt in second place and Stuttgart in third place with 13.48 € per square kilometer.


A fully furnished room ready for me

Therefore, average costs of a room in a shared flat range between 350 € and 500 €, depending on the size of the room and the location in the city. Clearly, this is a lot of money, but what you can also do is to try to get a room in one of the student residences. There are several ones in and around Stuttgart with rental costs between 260 and 400 €. Having lived in a student residence myself, I can only recommend doing that as you’ll save a lot of money and get in touch easily with other students. For more information about student residences, visit the website of the ‘Studierendenwerk’ Stuttgart.

 

 

 

Food

An aspect where you can definitely save money in Germany are groceries. Fruits, vegetables, pasta – they’re ridiculously cheap compared to other countries, especially compared to Canada or the US. For a good and healthy lifestyle, you approximately need to pay between 25 and 40 euros a week for groceries. Of course you can always spend more, but it’s enough for a student. Besides, it depends a lot on what and where you eat. Meat lovers will have to pay more than vegetarians, but here it also depends on where you buy it. In the supermarkets, meat is still relatively cheap, but when you like quality meat from the butcher you have to pay more money for it. Like most countries, Germany has cheaper grocery store brands and more expensive ones. The cheapest ones are ALDI, Lidl or Netto; but you’ll have a bigger and sometimes better selection at REWE or EDEKA. You can also eat lunch in the university cafeteria in Stuttgart or Vaihingen from Monday to Friday. There you can get soups as appetizers for 0,45 €, prices for main courses range between 2,40 € and 4,50 € and desserts cost around 0,80 €. With regard to drinking water, tap water in Germany is totally drinkable. However, unlike other countries, you can’t order tap water in German restaurants for free.

 

Transportation

Stuttgart is the biggest city in the Southwest and hence the public transportation system is pretty good. There are 3 means of public transport you can use: U-Bahn, S-Bahn or the bus. The U-Bahn is a tram which is responsible for the more central route in the city, the S-Bahn is a train which also stops outside of Stuttgart. Buses usually run inside and outside the city center. As a student of any university in Stuttgart, you can buy a semester ticket which costs 207 €. That sounds like a lot at the beginning, but you can use it for six months and hence it’s only 34 € a month, which isn’t too bad considering how far you can go with it. Having a car in Stuttgart costs you way more because fuel in Germany is expensive (especially compared to the US or Canada) and parking is quite pricey in most areas as well.

 

 

 

Tuition fees

Most of Germany’s universities are financed by the state. As a German citizen, you have the privilege to pay almost nothing for your studies. Two years ago, in the federal province Baden-Württemberg (of which Stuttgart is the capital) was a legislative change concerning tuition fees. Since 2017, all international students from outside the European Union have to pay 1.500 € per semester. However, in many other German provinces, international non-EU Students don’t have to pay these tuition fees. For Erasmus students nothing will change. And, nonetheless, all students have to pay a general fee which was 188 € in Stuttgart this semester.

 

Insurance

Unfortunately, German tuition fees do not include insurance outside of university. If your home country doesn’t have a social security agreement with Germany, you have to insure yourself and sign up for coverage. According to the German law, everyone in Germany has to have insurance. There are two kinds of health insurances in Germany: compulsory and private insurance. Most people go with the compulsory health insurance. The costs for the compulsory insurance are 110 € a month. Being 30 years old or older or not having finished your 14th semester, the fee rises to at least 190 euros a month.

 

 

Leisure time

One important aspect might also be your phone contract. In Germany you can get everything from a cheap, simple flat rate up to a pricier phone contract with more benefits. For 3,99 € you can already get a small data flat rate, but, as usually, the more money you pay, the better your phone contract will be. There the average lies between 10 € and 30 €, depending on the service and provider you choose.

With regard to cultural activities, it is definitely worth it being a student. Students often get discounts in movie theaters, museums, opera houses or swimming pools.

For sportive students the University of Stuttgart offers a variety of sports classes, also called ‘Hochschulsport’. For a small amount of money, usually 25-40 € per semester, you can choose between kickboxing, soccer, Zumba, yoga and much more.

 

All in all, it is said that the costs of living in Germany are a bit above the average living costs in Europe, but compared to other countries such as UK or France it is cheaper. But no matter where you decide to go – I’m sure you’ll have an unforgettable time!

 

Carolin

 

 

 

 

 

Ten things I have learnt as an international student in Germany

Ten things I have learnt as an international student in Germany

As a citizen of a developing state who has studied in four different countries, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in diverse cities. Each place comes with its own pros and cons and while some places may be tougher than others, I would do it all over again in the blink of an eye because each experience has taught me a life lesson which I am very grateful for.

Living and studying in Germany have been no different. A country with a rich culture, intense history and interesting people, Germany has helped me grow both as a person and a professional. Here, I share the 10 – of the million – things I have learnt as an international student in Germany.

Environment is precious; it needs to be taken care of and every single person can play their role starting with sorting trash. Streets are lined with at least four (sometimes even more) types of trash bins and garbage is sorted and disposed of in appropriate bins. It took me some time but now I have learnt what trash goes into which bin: blue for paper, yellow for plastic, brown for bio and black for everything else.

The pedestrian infrastructure in the country is high-class and getting from one place to another on foot is actually a very convenient activity. With continuous and wide pavements, and functional zebra-crossings, walking is often a pleasurable task; unlike in some countries where being a pedestrian is sometime outright dangerous.

Traffic rules are often followed even when it is late at night and there’s no car or another human being in the vicinity. The sense of responsibility towards rules is strong among those who live in Germany and that’s what helps the society run as smoothly as it does in this country.

People can drink a liter of beer with no problem. Germans are fond of their beer and are allowed to consume it as early as 16 years of age – which may have some health disadvantages (the brain is still developing at this time) but works pretty well for social reasons as young people learn to handle their alcohol earlier than people in most countries.

Everything closes at 8pm; be it supermarkets, bookstores or hardware shops. This means you have to know you tasks and get them done while you can. This strict timing is beneficial for both employees and general public; while shopkeepers can wind up their work early and have time for their personal life, shoppers are also encouraged to be more organised with their errands.

Similarly, Sunday is for rest, which again ‘forces’ people to spend their time doing something more productive than shopping for hours. Having a completely free day allows people to explore their city, meet family and friends or just be with themselves for some quality me time. While some newcomers may be initially annoyed and find it inconvenient, getting used to it over time reveals the benefits of a stress-free day.

Germans are known for their punctuality and their trains are legendary in other parts of the world. But, well, the truth is that even German trains can be delayed. While the system works 9 out of 10 times, the trains are sometimes late which often have a ripple effect because as people don’t expect these trains to be late, they often don’t have buffer time in their schedules. This means a 10-minute late S-bahn could lead to missing an inter-city bus which could result in arriving at an event later than planned.

A good public transport system can be life changing. Most people may not realise this because a smooth-functioning public transport system is a regular part of urban life but as someone coming from an over-populated, ill-equipped city, getting from one place to another in an affordable and reliable manner is a luxury not everyone has. Living in Germany and enjoying its excellent bus-train system has allowed me to move freely, making me more independent.

There’s no concept of air-conditioning or ceiling fans. The weather throughout the year is mostly pleasant and it rarely gets unbearably hot in Germany. This allows the country to not have to waste their energy on running ACs and fans on hot days.

Germany is the inventor of most important products. Take for example, the car; a magical vehicle which completely changed how we move. It was invented in Stuttgart. The world renowned car companies – BMW and Mercedes Benz –  are both Germans. But ‘Made in Germany’ is prevalent not just for big brands; it is stamped on even simple things, like the famous stationery brand Faber Castell; the food and beverage company Knorr; or the skincare company Nivea.

 

Farah

Online wonders to make your student life in Stuttgart easier

Online wonders to make your student life in Stuttgart easier

Moving to a new place, starting an academic program and learning a new language can all be an overwhelming experience. But lucky us, we are living in 2019 and technology – especially the internet – has made life 10 times easier than how it used to be just a decade ago. If you are a new student at University of Stuttgart and are trying to get the hang of things, this blog provides a list of apps, websites and services which will help you making your life a tiny bit easier.

Living

A screenshot of an ad on Facebook. Source: Stuttgart Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets Facebook group

Apartment 

Stuttgart is notorious for housing shortage and finding a place to live in the city can be a huge challenge. Many people advise to start the hunt long ago but even then, sometimes there are just not enough rooms to cover the demand. It is an even more difficult task for students who have a tight budget and a small time window (from getting accepted by a study programme to moving to Stuttgart) to find a place to live. If you are in such a situation, make use of Facebook groups such as ‘Stuttgart Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets’ and ‘WG & Wohnung Stuttgart gesucht’, where thousands of renters and owners exchange info about available places in the city.

A Facebook post for a useful giveaway. Source: Verschenk’s Stuttgart Facebook group

Interior

In a new place, there’s always something missing but as a student, you also don’t have a big budget to go on a shopping spree. This is where the fellow Stuttgarters come in…again. Many residents living in and around the city have household items that they no longer need or want to replace them for some reason; and instead of throwing them away, they give them to those who need them…for free …on the internet! If you are interested, head over to ‘Verschenk’s Stuttgart’ where you can find almost everything – from an aloe vera plant, dishwashing machine to a huge wardrobe. Another group – ‘SCHWARZES BRETT- STUTTGART’ – is also a good place to look for household items. However, items here are usually sold.

Knowledge 

Google docs

As digital natives, most students today use phones, tablets and laptops for studies rather than the old-school devices such as pens, pencils and notebooks. If you are a computer person and note taking is an essential part of your courses, give Google Docs a try. It is just like Word Doc, simple and intuitive; but it is even better because everything is saved online and you can view the same document from different devices depending on your convenience. No saving files after files and transferring them between devices; with Google Docs, all your data is constantly updated, saved in one location and is accessible from anywhere. 

Google Drive, Dropbox

University life is all about group projects; so if you are a Batman and like to work alone, those days are long gone. Aside from learning the tips and tricks of working in a team smoothly, group assignments also require some technical systems, for example, all the work being available to all members of the group. This is where shared folders such as Google Drive and Dropbox come very handy. All users get a decent amount of free space which they can use to create folders, upload files and share with different team members. 

A screenshot showing the app’s user-friendly interface. Source: play.google.com

dict.cc

You have arrived in Germany and while most people can speak English, you will need some German skills. So download the dict.cc app on your smartphone first thing. An elaborate online dictionary, dict.cc is based on the idea of free transfer of knowledge and is updated by users from all over the world which makes it a very thorough source of vocabulary. The dictionary is available in several languages and provides pronunciation audios for all its words. 

Coursera

Living in a digital age, where knowledge is available at our fingertips, one should not restrict themselves only to the courses offered at the university. If you want to explore a completely different subject or want to go into detail in one of the courses you are taking this semester, check out the free website Coursera, which offers courses by universities such as Stanford, Yale and Columbia on topics as diverse as Game Theory and Python programming. 

Money

Jobino

As a student, you are always short on money and because of the hectic and irregular academic schedule, you also cannot work full time. Worry not; you can find plenty of part-time jobs fit for student life in Stuttgart; and the website Jobino is a good place to start. Here, interested employers post jobs with the number of expected work hours and price per hour. Most of the jobs are part-time and have flexible work schedule, making them perfect for students. 

A screenshot showing multiple ways the Wunderlist app can be used. Source: play.google.com

Wunderlist

Getting to a university is the first step to adult life for most students. And adult life requires doing things on your own; no more parents taking care of the groceries and utility bills – you are now the master of your ship. To get into the rhythm of doing important tasks, you should start with making lists which helps you organise your work. The Wunderlist app is a great option in this regard as it allows you to make multiple lists, cross out tasks that are done and share the lists with your ‘partner in crime’.

‘Splitwise’

Be it buying supplies for a group assignment, sharing a cab or ordering food; university life means purchasing things together and paying for them together. But often, people you are sharing with don’t have the right amount of change, are not present at the time of purchase or can’t pay right away. Getting money back later can be a tricky situation. Splitwise helps you with this. The mobile app allows you to make groups for different expenses, invite people who are part of those expenses to those groups and then add bills and other shared expenses to it. The app shows who owes how much to whom; a convenient record for the awkward bookkeeping between friends. 

Travel 

A screenshot of the Omio app. Source: play.google.com

Omio

Living in Stuttgart as a student is a great opportunity to travel to not just in Germany but also other parts of Europe. Due to the continent’s high-class infrastructure and availability of cheap and convenient travel options, getting from one place to another is as easy as pie. If you plan to explore the great European cities, check out the website Omio for best offers by rail, road and air. Earlier known as GoEuro, this third-party platform includes flights by budget airlines as well as buses and trains, giving you the best overview of all the options available in terms of time and money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farah

Travel diaries: When in Egypt

Travel diaries: When in Egypt

If Egypt is on your travel bucket list and you have time and some money, now might be the right moment in years to visit the country which is a treasure trove of historical sites and natural vistas. From the beauty of Red Sea, the oases of the desert and the wonders along the Nile, you can never get enough of Egypt but you must always try. In this blog, we barely scratch the surface exploring one of the greatest African countries.

Luxor

Many travellers to Egypt believe that the sights offered by the ancient city of Luxor are probably the best in the entire country. While equal number of visitors would disagree with this statement, Luxor indeed has the charm and history to take you back to the days when Pharaohs ruled the deserts of Egypt and everything in between them.

Karnak Temple in all its glory. Source: Author

Located on the east bank of the Nile is the magnificent Luxor Temple – a complex from 1400 BC dedicated for crowning the kings of Egypt (both in person and in absence). While the site is definitely captivating in broad daylight, the light show after sunset adds more mystery to the temple, leaving visitors enthralled. Equally jaw dropping is the Karnak Temple which is believed to be second most visited site in Egypt. The vast complex comprises many temples, chapels and pylons, built incrementally over a period of several years.

Luxor Temple at night. Source: Author

On the west bank is the Temple of Hatshepsut, believed to be the only temple dedicated to a woman pharaoh. A mortuary in essence, this temple is part of the Theban Necropolis and includes Mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II and Temple of Thutmose III. Speaking of the necropolis, at the heart of it is the Valley of the Kings – a valley with tombs cut out in rocks for the pharaohs and their many noble. With its 63 tombs and chambers, the valley was the main burial site for the Egyptian New Kingdom which lasted from 16 BC to 11 BC.

Hurghada

Travelling in Egypt can be quite hectic; the bustling crowd, traffic on the roads and dense built environment. Hurghada provides you the perfect escape from all of this. Located on the serene Red Sea coast, Hurghada is everything a relaxing dream is made of – crystal clear waters, friendly people and peace of mind which comes with a small town.

Red Sea and the humble skyline of Hurghada. Source: Author

Start your exploration by going to the El Dahar Square and take a walk through its traditional souks; buy something or not or just enjoy the atmosphere. As a city centre, this is also the right place to explore different packages for the many sports activities Hurghada offers and is famous for. From scuba diving to ‘submarine’ trips into the Red Sea, you will find plenty of options to enjoy the sandy beaches and the colourful coral reefs.

The beautiful underwater life. Source: Author

If – unfortunately – Hurghada is the only city you will visit in Egypt, take some time out to visit Mini Egypt, an outdoor educational park which takes you through miniature models of Egypt’s most famous landmarks. For some indoor fun, head to Hurghada Grand Aquarium to be spellbound by hundreds of sea animals from various species.

Aswan

Known for its Nubian lifestyle, Aswan is the southernmost tourist city of Egypt along the Nile. In ancient times, Nubia was a region spreading from Aswan in Egypt to Khartoum in Sudan and was host of an empire separate from the Egyptian one. The modern city has many sites to visit and several wonders to enjoy; Nubian Museum to get heads up on the history of this great region, Elephantine island for its archaeological attractions and El Nabatat Island for its exotic trees and plants from all over the world.   

Calm Nile and peaceful Aswan. Source: Author

But no visitor to Aswan should leave the place without going to the Abu Simbel temples. These larger than life rock temples are dedicated to Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari and are located close to the border of Sudan. The larger temple dedicated to the king is known for its alignment with the sun in such a way that every year on October 22 and February 22, the rays enter the sanctuary and light up the sculptures on the back wall of the temple. A visit to the temple requires some planning because cheap, government-supported trips take place only twice a day and private visits could be very expensive. However, it is not difficult.

Abu Simbel – the temple that moved! Source: Author

Alexandria

A brilliant contrast to Cairo in terms of its size and views, Alexandria takes your breath away with its pristine Mediterranean waters and unique history. Believed to be founded by Alexander the Great, the city was home to one of the ancient wonders of the world – the Lighthouse of Alexandria. No sign of this great naval marvel remains today and the site now hosts the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th-century defensive fortress of the Mamluk dynasty which ruled Egypt until the arrival of the Ottomans. With its vast grounds and views of the sea, the citadel is a nice stop for some peaceful time among the crowds.

The other side of Mediterranean. Source: Author

Another brilliant attraction not to be missed is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. To rekindle its ancient status as the capital of knowledge and learning, the city built the library in remembrance of the ancient Great Library of Alexandria. Visited with equal enthusiasm by both locals and tourists, the library is a cultural centre and training school.

Cairo

Cairo, the ever-expanding capital of Egypt, is the country’s biggest city with its 20-million strong population. The layers of history that make Cairo are so many that even a lifetime is not enough to uncover everything – something true for the entire Egypt but most notable with Cairo.

If Cairo is your final stop in your Egypt tour, then head to the Egyptian Museum where all that you have seen so far in the country will start to make sense. With over 100,000 pieces of antiquity from all over Egypt, the museum is overflowing with history spanning over 5,000 years. If too overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of its collection, walk to the Tahrir Square and find a peaceful spot in the midst of the crazy roundabout – a magic only Cairo can offer.    

Don’t leave Egypt until you have seen the Great Pyramids of Giza. Source: Author

Despite being notorious among locals for its high prices, one must visit Khan El Khalili bazaar for its winding streets and all that a heart desires in Egypt. The bazaar is also a great option for trying famous Egyptian food and the Al-Hussain Mosque nearby can give a nice peek into the everyday life of practicing Muslims. Another such wonderful street experience is offered by Muizz Street, which is one of the oldest streets in Cairo and has the highest number of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world.

Things to keep in mind

The places and experiences mentioned above are by no means exhaustive and every visitor should do their own research to make sure they see sites of their interest. No blog can ever compress a country as diverse as Egypt in just few hundred words, neither can a visitor see all of it. But as we make these humble attempts, here are few things visitors to Egypt keep in mind:

  • Students get 50% discount on almost all the historical sites across Egypt. The country is already cheap and further discounts add cherry on the top.
  • The trains between major cities are usually always booked; so if you are on a spontaneous plan across Egypt, either book a day or two ahead or be open to last minute changes in your plan. The train tickets can also be booked online and foreigners are usually advised to do so as there’s reportedly a limit to the number of tickets foreigners can book at the station.
  • If train is not an option, there are private bus services running between cities which are cheap and of good quality. The most reliable one is GoBus, with professional service and affordable prices. If using other services, be very careful because some buses go through every small village along the route and take double the time as compared to trains.
  • Most importantly, tip – often called bakhshish  – is very common all over Egypt. The interesting thing is that you might not even realise when and why you end up paying it. Locals often offer help and in the end, ask for tip for their unsolicited assistance.
  • And, as all visitors are told, Egypt likes to haggle. The chances of a huge discount may be lower for foreigners but no item is worth the price mentioned the first time – usually. So try your best and get what you want, at a price which will make both you and the shopkeeper happy.
Working part-time whilst studying: money versus experience

Working part-time whilst studying: money versus experience

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Approximately 68 % of students have one (or more) part-time jobs. But students wishing to work alongside their studies face a dilemma: what is more important? Earning money, or practical experience? So, not the right field, but well paid? Or career-relevant but badly paid? In other words: what is more important to you? What you earn? Or what you learn?

Generally, working students are highly appreciated, whether within the university as scientific assistants, or in the various sectors outside the university. Everything from temporary work that can be carried out independently without just a short briefing, to positions of responsibility, which are a win-win situation for both the company and the students.

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Depending on where you study and the local infrastructure, it might be a good idea to consider you own personal reasons for working whilst studying and what your aims are. Is it only the financial aspects that are important? Or do you want more? Such as career-relevant experience and the chance to make some useful connections?

Why is this question important? Because your answer will help you to decide what kind of job you are looking for. Not all part-time jobs are the same. Even though working whilst studying is always a challenge, the kind of job you choose can make a big difference when you start your career.

And of course, there is the issue of whether you can afford to earn less if you choose to only apply for career-relevant jobs. And this is because jobs in certain sectors are simply badly paid.

Part-time work offers an alternative to student life

If you already have enough to do with studying and you don’t want to spend what little free time you have with a job that is related to your field of study, you could choose a job in an entirely different field that doesn’t require too much extra mental energy. For example, physical work can offer an alternative to hours of pouring over books or sitting in front of the computer.

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The advantages are obvious: instead of doubling your workload, this type of part-time work serves one purpose, filling your pockets! This type of job is flexible, and you can earn well without too much effort. Though, of course whether something is a lot of effort depends on your perspective. For some, this just means work that’s not intellectually demanding, but for others it means exactly the opposite.

Here’s a cliché for you:  a job in a restaurant can be physically tough, but is usually not difficult. At the same time, it is well-known that extra tips (and these aren’t taxed) can amount to a good source of income.

Career-relevant part-time work that is

Another strategy is already named in the title. Choosing your ideal part-time job is about more than money. You want to work in a field that is related to your studies. The key phrase here is “study program relevant”.

Exactly what this means to you depends on what subject you are studying. For example:

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So, if you are studying architecture, it might be a good idea to work part-time in an architectural office rather than in retail. And if you are studying medicine, then working in a hospital would have more in common with what you are learning at university than a job in a restaurant. The same applies for prospective attorneys, who might benefit more from a job in a law firm than from one in a different sector. For trainee teachers it might be a good idea to offer tuition or to work in a school.

The biggest advantage of career-relevant part-time work is that you can make connections that might be useful later in your career. But how? Because high-quality work, interest and commitment stay in people’s minds and this could well give you an important advantage when it comes to applying for jobs later, because those selecting the appropriate candidate for the job already know you, and know that you can work to a high standard.

If you wish to pursue an academic career, or a job in research, it’s definitely a good idea to look for a job at the university, or to draw the attention of your lecturers by contributing and working well. Most jobs available at university are often given to students who are known to the lecturers, many positions aren’t advertised, they are simply given to a suitable candidate. After all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know that is important!

Simplifying decision-making

So, you have weighed up the for and against arguments, but you’re still not sure what kind of part-time job you should look for? Fear is a poor basis for making decisions, so it might be a good idea to consider not only all the rational arguments, but also to listen to your gut instinct.

These questions might help you to decide:

      • How stress-resistant am I really? Can I cope with a demanding study program and a demanding part-time job?
      • How flexibly can I plan my semester and how much flexibility does a part-time job demand? Can I do both?
      • Is it possible to reduce the number hours I work during times of stress? (so, examination periods for example), without my employer making me feel bad about it and accusing me of a lack of commitment?
      • What alternatives are available to me? Do I need to take this particular job (for example for transport reasons, or due to working in a highly competitive field) – or can I look for alternative jobs? If you are free to look for alternatives this can help to ease the pressure.
      • What is more important for me? A steady income that makes it possible for me to finance my studies – or practical experience that might make it easier for me to find a job after uni? If the latter is the case then it might even be worth studying for a couple of semesters longer, if possible, if you then have a better chance of being able to find career-relevant part-time work.
      • Will the internships that I have to complete as part of my study program be enough, or would a career-relevant part-time job help me to find my dream job in the future?

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And if none of the above helps you to decide, why don’t you just try it out? It is often more helpful to try out something new than just to think about it. Sometimes it takes a while until you know for sure what your maximum workload is in a semester – and this can also vary from one semester to the next. So, if you don’t manage it in one semester, that doesn’t mean that you won’t manage it in the next.

Are you looking for a job?

If you are currently looking for a job, make sure you check out Stellenwerk Stuttgart. This is where you can find jobs aimed at students and graduates, and internship placements. Some of these job advertisements also come directly from the Universität Stuttgart.

Good look with your job search!

 

 

Romy

 

*Geldbaum (Crassula ovata)

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Brave students who pushed boundaries and changed the world

Brave students who pushed boundaries and changed the world

As majority of our history lessons are filled with stories of brave men only, we rarely find out about others who played equally important roles in making this world a better place. Many of such stories are of students, who by their simple act of bravery, left a mark on the world forever. In this blog, we pay tribute to these students; to honour them and to take inspiration from them.

Malala Yousafzai

Youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani student who was shot by terrorists in her hometown Swat for wanting to go to school and advocating for girls’ education.

Copyright: Malala Yousafzai

Born on July 12 in 1997, Malala lived and studied in Swat in a school founded by her father. A popular tourist spot, Swat later fell under the control of terrorists who drastically changed the fabric of the peaceful society. Crimes were brutally punished in the streets and girls’ schools were bombed; in these challenging times, Malala began blogging for the BBC about life under terrorists. Her activism made her a target and she was shot in the head on her way back home from school.

Malala miraculously survived and continued her struggle for children’s education and in 2014, at the age of 17, was awarded the Nobel prize along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. She is the second Pakistani, after famed physicist Mohammad Abdus Salam, to have won the international prize.

Linda Brown

An activist for racial equality in education, Linda Brown was a citizen of United States who was at the centre of the landmark court decision which declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.  

An African-American living in Kansas, Linda wanted to enroll at Sumner School in Topeka in 1950 and when her admission application was denied based on her skin colour, her parents along with other parents filed a class action lawsuit against the school.

A third grade student at the start of the legal case, Linda did not get to attend the school since she was junior high student by the time the verdict was announced. As an adult, Linda attended Washburn and Kansas State universities and then returned to Topeka to raise a family and work for desegregation in the area’s school system. On March 25 in 2018, she passed away at the age of 76.

Parkland students

In United States, where incidents of mass shooting are on the rise, Parkland students are activists calling for gun reforms to bring an end to this madness. Often known as Never Again MSD, the student movement grew in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in which 17 students were killed in February 2018.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including Emma Gonzalez (C), stand together on stage with other young victims of gun violence at the conclusion of the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Survivors of the shooting, Parkland students have staged country-wide protests, called for tighter regulations to prevent gun violence and harshly criticised lawmakers who receive donations from the powerful National Rifle Association. One of their stated goals is to impact 2018 elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.

With former US president Barack Obama as their admirer and supporter, Parkland students and their activism have been credited for changes in favour of gun reforms such as the new Florida gun control law introduced just a month after the deadly shooting.

Tiananmen student activists

In the summer of 1989, peaceful demonstrators – mainly students – descended on Tiananmen Square in Beijing to call for radical political and economic reforms. The Chinese government, however, responded with force and killed scores of protesters; due to lack of official data, the number of civilian deaths is estimated somewhere between 180 and 10,454.

In the 1980s, with China undergoing economic development and social changes, there were serious concerns among the public regarding increasing inflation, shift to market economy and restrictive political participation. There were calls for introducing democratic norms, accountability and freedom of speech both for individuals as well as the press.

What started as a gathering to mourn the death of a liberal national leader in Beijing soon spread to other cities including people from all walks of life; at the time of its height, there were protests taking place in at least 400 cities. For the rest of the world, the Tiananmen Square protests were immortalised by the photo of a lone man standing in front a tank stationed to suppress the demonstration.

Alex Chow and Lester Shum

In the wake of Chinese government’s attempt to make changes in Hong Kong’s electoral system in 2014, students from across the region gathered in the streets to protest what they saw as restrictive representation.

Student leaders Lester Shum, Nathan Law and Alex Chow hug as they arrive at the High Court. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

As secretary-general and deputy secretary-general of Hong Kong Federation of Students, Alex Chow and Lester Shum were at the forefront of the demonstrations, gathering outside government headquarters, occupying major city intersection and blocking important roads. From being arrested during sit-ins to holding televised talks with government representatives, Alex and Lester made peaceful efforts to bring political reform and protect autonomy and freedom of Hong Kong.

Their movement swelled in a matter of days, with over 100,000 people protesting at one point in time. While this pro-democracy agitation – which lasted for around three months – ended in little gains for the protestors, what it did was help galvanise the young segment of the society which was earlier uninterested in any political role.

White Rose movement

A student-led campaign against the atrocities of the Nazi regime, White Rose was a non-violent resistance group at the University of Munich. Its main tactic was to distribute pamphlets and draw graffiti in public spaces to encourage people to speak up against the system of tyranny they were living in.

While the group was supported by several others, the core leadership was made up of siblings Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, and Kurt Huber, a professor of philosophy and musicology.

White Rose wrote, printed and distributed six pamphlets in total which they initially distributed only in Munich but later managed to send to many cities in southern Germany with the help of secret couriers. Their courageous activities only lasted for eight months when most of them were arrested and sent to the gallows.  

Teboho MacDonald Mashinini

In the Apartheid era of South Africa, when the government introduced Afrikaan as a medium of instruction in schools, students from Soweto neighbourhood of Johannesburg rose in protest against what they saw as a discriminatory move.

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With Afrikaan seen as the language of the oppressor, the decree was rejected vehemently by the students. Around 20,000 black students marched to protest the change; Teboho MacDonald Mashinini, primary leader of the movement, led students of one of the affected schools.In response to the protest, police unleashed violence on unarmed students directly shooting at them as well as setting their dogs on them. Government statistics put the number of students killed to 23, however, these figures are highly contested and estimates range from 176 to 700 people.

Known as the leader of the uprising, Teboho fled South Africa to London and then different countries in Africa. He died in mysterious circumstances in 1990 with his body repatriated to South Africa for burial.

Places to visit near Stuttgart if you want to escape city life

Places to visit near Stuttgart if you want to escape city life

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The hustle and bustle of a city life can be overwhelming at times and we often yearn to escape the urban realm and move to quieter, calmer and more scenic spaces. If you live in Stuttgart and have this feeling, this blog will help you decide which places to visit to take a little break from the city.

Schloss Solitude

Built between the years 1764 to 1775, Schloss Solitude is a small palace located on the edge of Stuttgart with brilliant views of the surrounding areas. Designed in the late Rococo and early Neoclassical styles, Schloss Solitude and its vast green space make a popular spot for hearty picnics, romantic rendezvous and photography sessions.

A hunting lodge and summer residence for Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg, the palace was envisioned to have endless gardens, a game park and woodland. The palace is connected to Ludwigsburg Residential Palace through Solitude Allee which is an avenue that stretches in a straight line for over 13 kilometres from the north gate of Solitude to Ludwigsburg.

Today, a part of the estate houses Akademie Schloss Solitude – an institution that supports young artists, and Fritz Graevenitz Museum, displaying works by the native Stuttgart sculptor.

Ludwigsburg

Located just 15 minutes away from Stuttgart, the city of Ludwigsburg is a place to visit for its beautiful palace, Christmas market and world famous pumpkin festival.

With its 452 rooms and elaborate decor, Ludwigsburg Palace screams Versailles left, right and centre. The marble-embellished hunting pavilion, Baroque chapel and 30 hectares of garden made the palace one of the largest in Germany of its period.

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The city is also known for being home to the largest pumpkin festival in the world, with around  400,000 pumpkins of different shapes and sizes on display at the back of the palace. Hundreds of locals as well as foreigners flock to the town for pumpkin art, shopping and eating.

If you are visiting the city during Christmas time, you are in for a treat with its magnificent Christmas market. The hard-to-resist smell of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread will welcome you to the market and the charming lights display will keep you glued to the place.

Esslingen

Situated on the banks of River Neckar, Esslingen is only 14 kilometers away from Stuttgart. Founded more than 1,200 years ago, the city boasts hundreds of historic buildings, winding cobbled lanes and several museums.

One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Esslingen Burg –  a castle built by the citizens as a town fortification and was never used by a member of the nobility. Today, the place provides sweeping views of the city and makes a great spot to just sit back and relax.

Of its numerous museums, the Stadtmuseum in Gelben Haus, JF Schreiber Museum and Museum St Dionys will take you down memory lane with its stories of glorious past. On the other hand, the city has a handful of galleries as well which display contemporary art.

With its several hundred years of history, the city is bound to have many myths and legends. And if you are interested, there are many ghost tours which you can enjoy if you have a heart for murders, executions and witchcraft.

Tübingen

Tübingen is where the past and present meet in the most beautiful ways; while on one hand, the city has its charming marketplace with stunning old structures such as its Rathaus, on the other hand, it is a cosmopolitan city of young students.

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Just 30 kilometres away from Stuttgart, Tübingen can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. A boat ride down River Neckar for a peaceful getaway; a walk through the old town to marvel at the architecture of a bygone era or a visit to Alter Botanischer Garten to admire the tulips and tropical plants.

The Cistercian Monastery of Tübingen is also very popular among visitors as it is one of the oldest monasteries in entire Europe. Its stunning building and calm courtyard make up not just a historic site but also a residence for more than 90 monks.

Württemberg Hill

If you are a fan of viewpoints, there’s another spot you would enjoy – the chapel on Württemberg Hill. A monument of eternal love, the chapel was built on the orders of King Wilhelm I in the memory of his beloved wife Katharina, who died at a young age. Constructed between 1820 and 1824, the chapel overlooks the Neckar Valley and is situated on the site of the former family residence of the dukes of Württemberg which was also the queen’s favourite place.

Inspired by Pantheon in Rome, the chapel is a burial place for not just Queen Katharina but King Wilhelm himself and their daughter Marie Friederike Charlotte.

End your trip to the chapel by taking a walk through the lush vineyards that surround the area; smell of fresh grapes and sight of green climbing plants will keep you enthralled as long as you stroll through the area.

Triberg

It would be a shame if you live in Stuttgart (or anywhere in Baden-Württemberg) and don’t visit the Black Forest. And so for this very reason, you should head to Tribery – a little town tucked in the Black Forest with everything a German postcard is made of: lederhosen and dirndls, traditional German food and dense forests.

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Home to Germany’s highest waterfall – the Triberger Wasserfälle, Triberg is a treat for anyone wanting to hike or just sit and stare into nothingness. This is also the place where you must try the world famous Black Forest cake (yes, this is where the cake gets its name from); soaked in cherry water and laden with fluffy cream, the cake is any dessert-loving person’s dream come true.

The forest is also known for its cuckoo clocks and you can explore a collection of them from last few centuries at the Triberg Black Forest Museum. If interested to buy them as souvenirs, you can head to many shops that sell them in this quaint town.

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Famous people who studied at University of Stuttgart

Famous people who studied at University of Stuttgart

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If you study or are planning to study at the University of Stuttgart and want to find out why this is a brilliant institution to be associated with, here’s a list of its past students who made a name for themselves and their university around the world. Get inspired!

Gottlieb Daimler

Probably the most famous alumnus of University of Stuttgart to this date, Gottlieb Daimler was the inventor of motor engine – an invention which revolutionised mobility in ways never imagined before. Born in Schorndorf in 1834, Daimler took technical drawing classes and worked as a gunmaker before he acquired technical knowledge which led to his great invention. He gained practical experience in mechanical engineering in France and attended university in Stuttgart from 1857 to 1859.

Gottlieb Daimler

During his tenure as a workshop inspector at the engineering factory of Bruderhaus Reutlingen (an institution for the socially disadvantaged), Daimler met Wilhelm Maybach who will go on to become his business partner and friend for years to come.

With relevant work experience in France, England and Germany, Daimler bought a villa in Cannstatt in 1882 and set up a workshop in its garden to work on his idea of building a motor engine which could move people on earth, water and air.

Wilhelm Maybach

As introduced above, Wilhelm Maybach was a lifelong business partner of Daimler who shared the same goal as his friend of creating small, high-speed engines to be fitted in locomotion device. Internationally known as the King of Designers in the 1890s, Maybach was born in Heilbronn in 1846 and trained at Bruderhaus Reutlingen for technical skills.

In 1882, Maybach followed Daimler to Cannstatt to work on the idea of a lightweight, high-speed internal combustion engine. A year later, he developed the first experimental horizontal engine and then the Grandfather Clock engine with a vertical cylinder. With the ambition to work beyond simple coaches, Maybach developed steel-wheeled car with gear wheel transmission – a design which was introduced to the world at the 1889 World Fair in Paris, making Maybach partly responsible for developing French motor industry.

Maybach was appointed as chief engineer when Daimler founded Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1890. Despite on and off association with the company, Maybach developed the tubular radiator, the honeycomb radiator and the first four-cylinder automotive engine. His design for the first Mercedes caused a stir at the Nice Week, changing radically how cars were made.

Due to his world famous achievements, Maybach was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Stuttgart in 1916.

Ulf Merbold

Ulf Merbold. Er war als einziger Deutscher dreimal im All.

Born in Greiz in 1941, Merbold was the second German native to fly into space (second to Sigmund Jähn). He was also the first European Space Agency astronaut to go into space aboard a US flight in 1983 and to Russian space station Mir in 1994.

Merbold received a diploma in Physics from the Stuttgart University in 1968 and a doctorate in Sciences 1976. He then went on to join the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart to study solid state physics and low temperature physics.

For his outstanding work, Merbold has been granted with numerous awards such as the First Class Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Order of Merit of the States of Baden-Württemberg and Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Haley Space Flight Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Horst Störmer

A Nobel laureate for his achievements in the field of physics, Horst Störmer was born in Frankfurt in 1949. Coming from the family of carpenters, farmers and blacksmiths, Störmer struggled with English and German in school but excelled in science subjects. At the university level, he dabbled with design and architecture before moving completely to physics and mathematics education.

Störmer received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart in 1977 for his thesis on the properties of electron hole droplets in high magnetic fields. After finishing his PhD in two years, Störmer moved to United States to work for Bell Labs –  the research arm of American Telephone and Telegraph and the mecca of solid state research. This is where his research work on discovery of a new form of quantum fluid, in collaboration with Daniel Tsui and Robert Laughlin, brought him the Nobel Prize in Physics.

With a passion for teaching, Störmer left Bell Labs after 20 years of service and became the professor of physics and applied physics at Columbia University in New York City.

Gustav Bauernfeind

One of the most notable painters of the Eastern world, Gustav Bauernfeind was born in 1848 in Sulz am Neckar but soon moved to Stuttgart most likely to escape his father’s political past.

Bauernfeind completed his architecture studies between 1864 and 1869 at the University of Stuttgart and soon began his career as an architect. However, he wasn’t fully satisfied with the jobs and projects he undertook and then in 1881, he finally took his first journey to the East.

The work of Bauernfeind is a beautiful amalgamation of elements f

rom Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures, making the painter famous among art lovers of the Middle East but also Europe and America and achieving sales in seven-digit range. However, during his lifetime, Bauernfeind struggled with selling his art and was often plagued with self-doubt. He was quickly forgotten after his death and only became known to the world when a citizen of the town of Sulz am Neckar, Hugo Schmid, rediscovered his art in the 70s and wrote a biography.    

Achilles Papapetrou

Born in 1907, Greek physicist Achilles Papapetrou was a leading researcher in the field of general relativity for more 50 years. He is known for the Mathisson–Papapetrou–Dixon equations, the Majumdar–Papapetrou solution, and the Weyl−Lewis−Papapetrou coordinates of gravity theory.

After studying mechanical and electrical engineering in Athens between 1925 and 1930, Papapetrou moved to Germany for his doctorate studies at the University of Stuttgart in 1934. Later, Papapetrou went back to Athens to teach electrical engineering and took part in Greek resistance to German occupation. He then worked as a researcher in Dublin and Manchester before moving to East Berlin where he trained young physicists and conducted research on gravitational shock waves and equations of motion.

In addition to his groundbreaking research work and training of the young generation of scientists, Papapetrou wrote over a hundred articles and two highly regarded textbooks, one on special relativity in German and one on general relativity in English.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer

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German physicist Rolf-Dieter Heuer headed CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics near Geneva, as its director-general from 2009 to 2015. He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and worked as a staff member at CERN from 1984 to 1998. For most part, he worked on the construction and operation of large particle detector systems for studying electron-positron collisions.

Heuer left CERN in 1998 and started teaching at the University of Hamburg, where he worked on preparations for experiments for possible future electron-positron linear collider. In 2009, he returned to CERN as its director general.

Heuer has been awarded with honourary degrees by several universities such as University of Birmingham and University of Liverpool. He was also awarded with German Order of Merit and  UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal as well as appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Martin Jetter

Joining IBM in 1986 as application engineer in an industrial branch office, today Martin Jetter is Senior Vice President of IBM Global Technology Services. Jetter studied mechanical engineering with special focus on field automation at the University of Stuttgart.

Jetter held several position at IBM before becoming the senior vice president such as General Manager and President of IBM Japan, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at IBM Corporation as well General Manager of IBM Germany.

 

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Ready, steady, cook: Around the world in 12 recipes

Ready, steady, cook: Around the world in 12 recipes

As a student, one is always looking for the nearly impossible combination of good food that is easy to make and light on pocket. But miracles do happen. Below is a list of mouth-watering meals from around the world which you can easily cook in your student dorm to enjoy the taste of globalisation.

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Ratatouille – France

Sauté chopped onions, garlic, and bell peppers in olive oil; add salt, pepper, chopped tomatoes and basil and cook until it all turns into a smooth paste. Slice eggplants, zucchinis and tomatoes and layer them alternatively on top of the tomato paste in a baking pan. Bake for one hour and eat while hot.   

Pulao – Pakistan/India

Marinate chicken in yogurt, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric and ginger-garlic paste for one hour. Sauté cumin seeds, star anise, cinnamon stick, green and black cardamom and bay leaf in a pot; then add fried onions and marinated chicken. Mix a little and add soaked basmati rice. Add water and cook until the rice and chicken are cooked.  

Pizza – Italy

Use readymade dough or make your own (mix flour, salt, yeast and  water into dough and leave it overnight) for the crust. Mix tomato paste, parmesan cheese, seasonings of your preference and a splash of maple syrup to make the first layer on top of your crust. Add any topping you like – from sliced mushrooms, sausages to bell peppers – and finish it off with cheese. Bake it for 10 minutes and enjoy your heart out.

Shepherd’s pie – British

Sauté chopped onions and carrots in olive oil. Add minced meat, tomato puree, salt, pepper, garlic, thyme and Worcester sauce and cook until the meat is tender. Transfer this into a baking pan and put a layer of mashed potatoes on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes till the top is slightly golden and crispy.

Chicken Fajita – Mexico

Season chicken breasts with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Put them in a slow cooker (or a non-stick pan) along with sliced bell peppers, onions, chopped garlic, tomatoes and lemon juice and let them cook on slow heat for 3 hours. Take the chicken out and shred the meat; mix it back with the vegetables and then wrap in tortillas.

Chicken corn soup – China

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Boil chicken (preferably parts with bones) for a few hours to make stock. Take chicken out and remove the meat; throw the bones and add the meat to the stock. Lightly blend canned corn and add to the stock along with salt and pepper. Thicken the soup with cornstarch and add beaten egg while constantly mixing the soup. Sprinkle with chopped spring onions and enjoy.  

Hummus – Middle East

Mix chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and seasonings in a blender. While blending, slowly add olive oil and water until hummus is creamy and smooth. Garnish with chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy it with flatbread or fresh vegetables.   

Kumpir – Turkey

Find the biggest potato and bake it for an hour. Cut it into half, scoop out the inside and mix it with salt and parmesan cheese. Stuff it back into the potato skin and top it with assortments of your choice – peas, olives, sausages or corn.

Beef Goulash – Hungary

Sauté cubed beef in a pan until they turn nice golden brown. Move the meat to another dish and sauté chopped onions and green bell peppers in the pan. Add the beef again and mix everything with salt, paprika, tomatoes and oregano. Cook for two hours until the meat is tender and the gravy is thick. Eat it with boiled rice or baked potatoes.

Tortilla de Patatas – Spain

Deep fry thinly sliced onions till they are slightly caramalised and potatoes until they are fully cooked. Break eggs in a bowl and add the fried onions, potatoes and salt to it. Mix (not whisk) everything together slowly and leave it for 5-10 minutes. Put the mixture in a pan on low heat and cook until the side turns light brown. Turn it and cook the other side the same way.

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Poutine – Canada

Fry or bake potatoes to make french fries. Season them with salt and pepper when hot. Make gravy by cooking stock of your choice with butter and flour for thickening. Put fries in a pan, add cheese curd (or mozzarella cheese) and drizzle the gravy on top.

Jollof Rice – Nigeria (and many West African countries)

Blend tomatoes, red bell peppers, scotch bonnet peppers (if available) and onions into a paste. In a separate pan, fry chopped onions and tomato puree until it is cooked nicely. Add the tomato-pepper paste to the pan as well as bay leaves, dried thyme, salt and chicken stock cubes. Cook for 15 minutes and then add rice (washed several times to get rid of the starch). Add water, cover and cook until the rice are fully cooked.

 

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Aside from your major, what university life really teaches you

Aside from your major, what university life really teaches you

For many, going to a university is their first step into adulthood. And while we learn the fine details of quantum physics, Da Vinci’s art and trickle-down theory in the classrooms, university life teaches us more than the courses we register for; lessons of friendship, compromise and hardwork. Below, we take a look at what university life really teaches us.

Prioritising 

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Three assignments, one paper and five hangout plans with friends; university life is all about making and honouring commitments, and when you are pressed for time  – which is usually the case – you have to make choices and prioritize according to your needs and wishes. It might be tough at the beginning but after the first semester, you will master the art of managing your time efficiently and doing what matters the most first.      

Living with others

Growing up in your hometown, studying with the people you know and having the same circle of friends since childhood are the comforts you leave behind when you move to a university for higher education. And as overwhelming as it may seem in the first few months, you soon learn to live with new people – new classmates, new locals and new roommates; you learn to invite new people into your life and live with them.

Grocery shopping

At home, the only thing you had to worry about was getting to the dinner table when the food was ready. You didn’t know (or care) how and when the vegetables, bread and meat arrived in your kitchen. And even if you had a little idea of the concept of grocery shopping, you didn’t know the extent of it; butter or margarine, paper towel or napkins, liquid soap or bar? Well, all of that changes when you start your university life; from knowing the price of 1kg potatoes to the right amount of toilet papers, you learn it all.   

Paying bills

The economic system we live in, everything comes with a price tag and while living with your family you take basic necessities for granted, as an independent university student you soon realise that you have to pay for the water that runs in your tap and the electricity that powers your laptop. More importantly, you learn that you have to be punctual with the bills or else you could be making that really important phone call and realise that the connection has been suspended because of unpaid dues.

Managing money

It is true that no amount of money will ever be enough for humans to say that have as much as they want. But shortage of money is genuine and heartbreaking when you are a student; do you pay the rent or buy the textbook you need for the upcoming exam or you sit and regret why you went out three nights straight. After a few hiccups, you soon learn how to use your money wisely to live, study and graduate.

Socialising and making friends

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It is easy to drown yourself in studies and get stuck in the classroom-dorm-library routine but to live a healthy life, you have to have a social circle. Meeting strangers and making friends as an adult can be a daunting task but with a little effort and some trial and error, you teach yourself to attract good company and build healthy relationships.

Inventing recipes

You may be craving your mom’s famous pasta for dinner but you don’t have the time and ingredients to create that masterpiece. So you make do; you mix what you have in the pantry with a pinch of memories of home and a slice of mama’s love. Wallah! You have got yourself your own recipe which tastes great, is economical and easy to make. Your university life will be filled with such landmark events.

DIY skills

Necessity is the mother of invention and so when you finish your ice cream tub, you immediately know you will make a few holes at the bottom and use the container to plant your avocado seeds in it. Pickle jar as a toothbrush holder, bags made out of newspapers and Amazon boxes for storage under the bed – you learn to recycle and build your own stuff when you live independently on a tight budget.

House chores

One of the major realisations when you step into the adult life is that the dishes don’t do themselves and the garbage doesn’t get to the dumpster by magic. From doing laundry, cleaning your room to cooking three meals a day, university life teaches you how to run a household while you also study and work.

Punctuality

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Your parents and friends may tolerate (or even accept) your struggle with time but your professors and classmates won’t. Being on time for the 8:30am class, meeting for group assignments on the weekend and sending birthday wishes before it is late are steps towards becoming a more punctual person with each passing semester.

 

 

 

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