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Published: November 16th 2010
I haven't left for Berlin. I leave in just over four weeks. here's what's been happening so far....
I'm going to Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (http://www.hfwu.de) from March 14th to July 29th. If you are American, you've noticed that semesters in the US just before Christmas. That leaves me three months of free time to plan something. In the last frantic and well planned for three months, I've been trying to find an internship in Germany. The following has happened:
Plan A - I get accepted by a company i applied to. This will not work i've applied to over 20 firms and i've been rejected by 15. i don't speak german and i want to work around the holidays. :-( this took forever and i had most of my german friends help me write at least two cover letters.
Plan B - the university i'm attending in germany will find me a position. this will not work. they will not help me unless i have at least 3 full months. i have 3 now but they include christmas. there was some begging and i still have to talk to them a lot because
they are the ones who help me get my visa at the university there.
Plan C - I just met a guy in germany, Gregory, who said he can get me a position in a hospital. we really were hoping that it would work out. it didn't work out. :-(
Plan D - I emailed http://www.arbeitsagentur.de. the english side of their website. after 7 days they didn't respond to i emailed the german side. they responded later that day. ha ha ha. they emailed me an application. i filled it out but it required proof of enrollment. they send me a paper for the president and school stamp. i went to the university and they completely refused. the only way to prove i'm a student is to pay $5 and then they will give me or mail me a special paper in two weeks! because they are providing you a service. they refused to sign or stamp anything that is not CSUF paper. so i fought with them and finally they agreed to give me their piece of paper that day for $15. so i copied it into the application and emailed it. i asked the office to accept it until the one arrived via post. i went to the office and send it. they accepted my application and told me they were looking. two days later i received an email saying that they are not helping foreigners anymore.
Plan E - there's a german language school in berlin. (www.gls-german-courses.de) i can pay $1000 euros. they will find me housing and provide me with german classes for 4-5 weeks. afterward they provide me with an internship! they also require that I apply 4 weeks in advance and stay there for 12 weeks minimum. so i would have to start dec. 20 because the university starts on march 14th. which means i would need to apply by nov 19. I have applied and my searching for an apartment right now because the housing they have is wayyyy toooo expensive. I'm talking to someone about housing now.
Update 2 - Video
Update 3 - Seven days left....
You know I'm leaving in a few days and I was all excited before. Yesterday at 4pm i received an email that said they won't let me graduate in spring if my grades are turned in past the deadline on june 17. Since finals end on july 29th, that's a big deal. so i sent out two emails and made three calls. i had to go to some meeting today and they are going to let me graduate in the summer. that should be sufficient for my master's degree. i'm really happy that i don't have to call the universities i applied to and tell them that i can no longer attend. however, as of last night i didn't know what was going to happen. so i spent all night planning my year if i had to wait another year before starting a master's program. i also made about 100 flash cards in german that i have to turn in for the final. i also had to write a paper for a group project. i slept for two and a half hours. i meet with the group from 10-2 today. then i met with my adviser and i got home at 4. i just ate because i'd forgotten to eat all day. i have to go in a few minutes because my friend needs me to attend some meeting (i dunno what it is). I'm really tired but i'll stop by and say hello :-) or rather good bye. ha ha ha. depends if we see each other in the halls next week tomorrow i have class at 7:45am and i have plans for the rest of the day. i need to finish a paper tonight before i go to bed. saturday i'm going to pack my suitcases for germany and start cooking. i'm having the group over at my house on sunday and i love to make all kinds of food for them. i really need to study for three of my finals and write a paper. i'm not sure when that's going to happen yet.
my family just adopted two very young cats. :-D they're great, but they lick my face in the middle of the night.
that's my list for today
call USC 803-777-2730
drop off baskets
GERM 1A homework
HR 150 08:15A-09:00A Monday Dec 13 9:30A-10:45AM
BA 175 187 10:15A-11:00A Monday Dec 13 11:00A-01:00P
today i had my HR 150 final. the last two exams i felt bad about and got a B so i should do well on this one then i went to BA175. i turned in the paper and spoke to a british guy and an american who studied in nürtingen he told me he hated it and nürtingen was terrible.
the professor can't recommend me for thunderbird for the master's program because of the technical difficulties
so i called the university again. they emailed the company which said to use different browsers my professor tried three browsers on the computer in front of me he also tried at his house and in his office repeat. i had to call thunderbird. they emailed embark who emailed me.
i wrote them back several times and there's still not a definite answer in sight. i hope dr waters responds soon. this afternoon i went to the university again and signed a form that says i won't graduate in the spring of 2011. it was a rip off. i had to 'admit' i was wrong even though i was advised to graduate then. afterward, i went and bought lots of candy for the gift baskets for the people recommending me i also got an email today from the study abroad office. the lady forwarded me an email from the university in germany. she wants the forms that i was sent but i wasn't sent any email so i wrote her three times explaining to her that i do not have the forms. i also wrote the school in germany.
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