What Is Culture Shock? How Can You Deal with It?

As the new semester begins, many international students are arriving in Freiburg. Although it is a beautiful place that welcomes students from all around the world sometimes it may feel strange to be away from home –both physically and mentally.

This post will explain what culture shock is and will give tips about how to deal with it. First of all we should remember that culture shock is not an “diagnose”; it does not mean we can’t fit into a place. On contrary, it is a normal and common process; as an international student myself I can relate to this as well.



10 Books That are Set in Black Forest Region

If you can’t get enough of the nature’s beauty around here from your hikes, camping trips or casual walks how about READING books that are set around Freiburg and generally Black Forest?! As a literature student this sounds more than intriguing to me so I made a list for you! Read to your heart’s content, recommend it to your friends who are curious about what kind of place you live around.

Since Black Forest itself is a sublimely beautiful place that is subject to many legends and mysteries expect lots of Gothic fiction, Thriller and Adventure books in this list! If you have any recommendations please don’t forget to leave them on comments! Here we go Weiterlesen

March for Science – Freiburg

It is 2017 yet we are discussing whether subjective opinions or vague claims can be replaceable with scientifically proven facts. But here we are, faced with a fairly new term: alternative facts. The term has entered our lives in January 2017 with the inauguration of Donald Trump and at the beginning it referred to the „exaggerated“ and false claim of numbers regarding the people who attended the inauguration ceremony. However, within a short span of time the term has spread and caused big discussions. Weiterlesen

The Japanese Garden at the Seepark

While Seepark itself is a delightful place in all seasons whether for a walk or a picnic, did you know that there is a Japanese Garden inside the Seepark? If you did not, well now you do! I have been there a couple of times in autumn and winter but since the weather has been so warm and pleasant I thought it was time to see the Japanese Garden in spring – hopefully all green and in full bloom. Weiterlesen

Gemeinsam leben – Das Sozialprojekt Längenloh

Wie Geflüchtete in Deutschland untergebracht werden sollten wurde dieses Jahr wie kein zweites Thema intensiv in der Öffentlichkeit diskutiert. Das Studierendenwerk Freiburg und die Stadt Freiburg stellen in dieser Frage ihre Lösung vor. In der Wohnanlage “Längenloh” sind Studierende und Geflüchtete gemeinsam in einem Wohnheim untergebracht. Rund 150 Geflüchtete und 72 Studenten bezogen im Oktober 2016 die Anlage in Zähringen. 25 Studenten verpflichteten sich mindestens zwei Stunden pro Woche ehrenamtlich in der Betreuung der Geflüchteten mitzuarbeiten.


Upcycling – Energiesparwettbewerb April

Wie bereits angekündigt stand der Monat April bei den Energiesparern unter dem Motto Upcycling. Doch wobei handelt es sich hierbei eigentlich?

Upcycling setzt sich aus den Worten „up“ und „recycling“ zusammen. Folglich handelt es sich hierbei um die Aufwertung und Wiederverwendung von Abfallprodukten oder scheinbar nutzlosen Produkten. So viel zur Theorie, doch was haben sich die Wohnheime dazu ausgedacht?