Devon’s Travel: India

One of our students, Devon Streich, was one of the many people who utilized our 10 week break in between semesters here in Munich to travel. Read a little about his amazing experience here:


“For the month of March I traveled within India, with my home base in New Delhi where my great uncle and great aunt live. In the ancient city of Benares, I visited a temple so old it is mentioned in the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures); I saw the ghats where every evening they hold an aarti, which is a prayer and celebration to the Goddess of the Ganges river; and I saw Morari Bapu speak, who is a revered and beloved Hindu holy man.

Then I traveled up to Rishikesh and Haridwar, which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the bank of the Ganges some 1000 miles north of Benares. I saw Hindu temples in spades, took part in more aartis, and visited a cave in the hills, in which there is a shrine to a holy man who became enlightened there some 10,000 years ago. The hills themselves bespeak the ancientness of the culture, traditions held unbroken for thousands of years.

Upon returning to New Delhi, I got the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama himself speak in person. I was lucky enough to get an article published in a South Asian news website, which you can read here: http://zeenews.india.com/exclusive/secular-moral-education-can-be-key-to-happiness-dalai-lama_1570753.html

Lieblingswörter

German isn’t always an easy language to learn, but its worth it when you find that word that you just love to use in conversation whenever possible! Here are a few of our students’ favorite German words:

Elizabeth: der Tintenfisch –octupus/squid/calamari

Noa: das Kopierpapier — copy paper

Reed: der Ohrwurm — catchy song (literally translates as “ear worm”!)

Jackie: der Hai — shark

Jessie: der Zwetschgendatschi — plum cake

*BONUS WORD: schmeckerlich — tasty (WARNING: this isn’t a real German word, but Jose created it and we use it with shocking frequency)

Our very own Mentoring Program

Before you come to Munich, you might be nervous because everything is new: the city, the language, the people. You might wonder how and when you will get to know your peers and make friends. But not to worry, we have something for you: our very own Mentoring Program.

Every student gets a mentor, usually a local LMU- or TU-student, who in addition to the wonderful people of the Year of Study in Munich can help you settle in. Your mentor may take you to their favorite café, they might go to one of the many museums with you and just in general are excited to have you participate in their life and leisure time. On top of that, having a mentor means that you automatically have someone you can practice your German with – juhu!
There are also group ventures planned for all by the head of the Mentoring Program, including a variety of exciting events and fun activities throughout your stay: Christmas and carnival celebrations, hikes through the beautiful Bavarian landscape, or a visit to a soccer game at the Allianz Arena (see photo). You can go to lunch together, cook and bake in your dorm kitchens, and explore the English Garden which is fun for both snowy and sunny days.

The best part, however, is that by the end of your year you will leave Munich with lots of new friends, great memories, and wonderful stories. Are you excited yet?