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Quarter-life crisis: the rollercoaster ride of emotions after graduation and its crisis management
There are times in life when people look back to the years of their younger adulthood and remember the most personal and special moments shared with their friends, family or loved ones. The bittersweet feeling of wistfulness soon takes over and one climbs into the emotional rollercoaster of nostalgia. The latter, however, can be experienced not only towards certain people but also towards particular stages of one’s life. The comfort of a childhood, for instance, filled with happiness, games and zero responsibilities marks some of the most joyful moments in people’s lives. Similar to this is the much-too-short period spent at university with a vibrant social life, entertainment and a worry-free environment. What follows next for many graduates is a hit of mixed emotions such as sadness, loneliness or even fear of entering the unknown world. With so many new responsibilities that the ‘’real world’’ brings, it becomes harder and harder for some to leave the past behind. This article aims at exploring the reasons behind this so-called quarter-life crisis after graduation, and its crisis management.
International Students’ Day – Tradition or Relic?
Tradition not only exists through preserving the ashes but primarily through keeping the embers glowing or else sparking a forward-looking flame from the glowing embers. How does this relate to International Students‘ Day which takes place every year on November 17 and which has its 78th anniversary this year? A consideration between tradition and relic of a controversial anniversary.
Study in a big city or study in a small town? Important reasons for choosing the right study location
When choosing their study destination, prospective students occasionally tend to consider the country as the only milestone. However, another important question young people should ask themselves is if they want to experience the big city life or rather go for a relaxed atmosphere in a small university town. Is it going to be crowded boulevards or tiny, charming streets? Changing public transportation on a daily basis or riding a bicycle instead? Choosing the right location is a very important decision that should not be underestimated or rushed. In case one is struggling to decide between going to study in a metropolitan city or a charming, small university town, this article will be very useful. It aims to inform prospective students about the most important factors they need to consider when choosing between studying in a big city and a small town. After reading the article, prospective students should be able to decide what will be the best fit for them in terms of the size of the city they will be studying in.
Studying at 80 plus – (Un) Restful retirement at German higher education institutions
Going (back) to study is a concept many are skeptical about, yet it has become a fast-growing trend in recent years at German higher education institutions. Retirement could mean many different things to different people, like an end of working or the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of one’s life. Surprisingly, a preferred activity among German senior citizens is going (back) to university. It is undoubtedly a great concept as it not only helps the old generation to pursue an interest in new areas such as technology or digital transformation but it also keeps their minds active. However, many questions come to the surface for those who wish to embark on such a journey in the middle of their 60s or even later. The aim of the present article is to answer the most important questions in this regard. Below we will, apart from discussing some of the issues that senior students might face, provide information on potential entry requirements, the places offering special programs for senior students and guest listeners, and the type of special degree courses for seniors.
Education for all! Strategies for more diversity and equal opportunities at higher education institutions in Germany
Higher education in Germany, too, does not remain unaffected by the problem of inequality and discrimination, be it against students or against universities in the country’s peripheral areas. For example, some young people are impeded from joining integrated student communities due to their ethnic origin or physical disabilities. Foreigners often struggle to find student accommodation and cannot apply for courses that require particular German- or English-language skills. Disabled students, in many cases, cannot attend lectures because universities lack special facilities. However, many seek change by forming organizations that fight discrimination against minorities. The existing separation among students causes universities to adopt strategies for creating more diversity and equal opportunities so as to offer a more positive environment for minorities. This article foregrounds those positive strategies for fighting student inequality. Also, it addresses discrimination against universities in Germany’s peripheral areas (caused by the stronger influence of more popular universities in the bigger cities).
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