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Monday, June 13, 2016

The State of Germerica

Lately, I haven't really been using this blog to tell you guys what is going on in my life - and there is a lot going on! So, I am going to do that today in the first ever...

State of Germerica Address!

Just like the president's annual State of the Union address, I will move through this post by topic, providing update on all of the progress I have made in my life throughout the past few months. Who knows, maybe this will even become an annual or biannual thing. Only time will tell.

The First State of Germerica Address


Now let's see what topics are on the docket today...

Writing My Master's Thesis

I am still hard at work writing my master's thesis. My goal is to be completely finished by the end of the semester (September 30), which means I have 3.5 months to finish writing my 80-120 pages, turn it in, wait for my supervisors to grade it, and then orally defend my thesis to my supervisors. Currently, I am still in the writing stage, trying to write at least 500 words per day (you can keep up with my progress on Twitter).


I Won an Award!

Speaking of school, I won an award! Every year, my university gives an award on behalf of the DAAD to the best international student. And this year, they are giving it to me! I'll make sure to put up some pictures on the blog after the award ceremony on July 6th.


Working Hard

As I write my thesis, I am also still working hard on some side projects and freelance jobs. Once a week, I tutor two German high school girls in English - make sure to check out my most recent Mistranslation Monday to see the kind of antics that go on here. I am also working with Eight Hours and Change and am looking forward to showing some American students around my university's campus at the end of the month!


European Championships

The UEFA European Championships (for you Americans out there, this is a soccer competition among the European countries) started on June 10th, which means my football/soccer consumption has gone up 100% over the past few days. I'm also part of a betting pot with Marco's family, which is kind of a joke since I have no idea who is any good, and I am already in last place.


Summer Vacation

In the midst of all this craziness, Marco and I are also getting ready to go on vacation! My brother is getting married on Long Island in mid-July, so Marco and I going to be flying to the U.S. for two weeks! But there is still lots of things to do before then...

So, that's the state of my Germerican life right now. If you have any big summer plans, let me know in the comments below!

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