Author: Kate Rooney

Internship with Bosch

After moving across Germany, I’ve started my internship at Bosch! I now live in at the southern tip of Germany and work in manufacturing engineering for Antilock Brake Systems. I’m learning so much, not only about what it’s like to work in Germany, but also about manufacturing. I live in a cute little apartment above a German family with two kids (7 and 3), and they have been super nice to me, picking me up at the train station, feeding me, taking me to work the first day, lending me their old bike. Almost all my conversations are in German, and while my boss is ever so kind and speaks in English to me sometimes, almost everyone else speaks to me in German. It’s hard to explain how it is to function fully in a language that’s not your own. But I have so much more respect now for those who do it their entire lives. Sometimes at the end of a work day, my brain hurts so much I can’t even talk. But for now, I love my new job. It’s only been a few weeks and already I feel like I’ve learned so much. Working with Bosch is great. It has been interesting to learn about its products, understand all the engineering that goes into the production line, and observe when VW, Toyota and Porsche come to...

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January and February were full of studying and exams. To set the scene a little bit, finals (Klausuren) in Germany work a little differently than in American colleges. Here, Klausuren are usually worth 100% of your grade. “Finals week” takes place during a span of two weeks.

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Christmastime in Germany

Around the time Thanksgiving came to an end in the USA, Germany seemed to dive headfirst into Christmas. All of a sudden, the whole town was decorated with lights and garland, the snow started falling, and of course, the Christmas markets opened up.

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International Day and Manufacturing Classes

Last week was International Day here at Hochschule Bremen, and it was huge. There are about 130 exchange students this semester, and I would like to think we are all the reason why International Day was so great, but in reality, it is because many majors at Hochschule Bremen are required to study abroad for their major.

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