Oktober, November, Dezember, Januar, Februar, März… I am not crazy, just studying German but…
With the new year, I have been thinking that I should change my way of thinking during this pandemic situation: let’s focus on the research and personal development in the week days (when there is not so much to do besides work), and enjoy social life as much as possible on weekends outside.
The month of March is a special tough one inside the KIT. The Winter semester comes to an end and it is time to prepare the exercises and organizing the halls for the upcoming exams. On 1st March I was supervising my first exam of this new “life from the other side” period and, I have to admit, that I was pretty much nervous than the students.
But, as the semester ends for everybody, it was also my turn to take the German test for the level B1.2. Actually, I got better results than expected, so in April I will start having 6 hours a week to (hopefully!) getting the B2 by the end of the year. I cannot ask for anything else but, please, wish me luck and tons of patient with the pronunciation.
These months I have also learned about how South Germans celebrate a PhD promotion. Due to Corona, there is not such a “celebration” as there used to be, but they don’t stop the best tradition (and probably my favourite one of this whole region): THE PROMOTION HAT. Basically, everybody in the Institute put their minds on work to show the hobbies, research topic, anecdotes and everything they have lived with the future PhD, in a promotion hat. I cannot wait to see how can we work together to build many more in the following months!
That is all by the moment! I hope you are finding interesting these experiences about being part of the university community and enjoying learning with all the ESR around Europe. Next month we will be in the middle of the Second Workshop of the Consortium, so the post will be a bit different. Stay healthy, stay tuned and see you in a month.
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