The frightening first semester

Cluelessness, anxiety and excitement are the words that best describe the first semester at university. A whole world unfolds in front of us while we gear up to make the most of our time at the university. There is a new face in every corner and the urge to find the new hang out gang sometimes gets the better of our egos and we get mingling. Especially, in an international environment of the likes of the University of Stuttgart, the excitement is undoubtedly multiplied. While the charm and the e...
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Being organized at university: Why and How?

Life in university is arguably the best time of our life where one doesn’t go by any definite set of rules but rather takes his own path and experiences life as it comes. Chaos and mess become a norm as we set out exploring the world away from home. The callow youth in us takes away all concerns until the stress knocks the door in the form of an exam. Phew! I still can’t get rid of the exam phobia that does the spoiler job right at the time when everything in the world seems to be going your way...
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Don’t Want to End up Driving a Taxi?

Successfully completing a degree in humanities can open the door to various professions. For those not interested in working in research or teaching, or for anyone who wishes to qualify for a diverse range of positions in the private sector it is a good idea to start collecting valuable experience while you are still studying. Let’s start with the most important tip: don’t wait too long. Even in the first semester you can chose from any number of courses on offer – as soon as you have fo...
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Between the Wasen and the Wilhelma Zoo

It’s true that the University of Stuttgart is a forward-looking and pioneering institution. However, by delving in its past we can gain a better insight into what it is like in the present. So here is a short overview of the most important milestones and people. Cannstatt Fair, Arabian horses, the Wilhelma, University, the Swabian-Hall breed of pigs: we are not as special as we might like to think. The University of Stuttgart was established approximately 201 years ago, at which time it w...
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Civil Engineer’s Guide

When I started my Bachelor’s, I remember not knowing which subjects to devote most of my time to. This is my subjective guide to the civil engineering course at Uni Stuttgart that will hopefully prove to be of some use to prospective civil engineers. Caveat: One mistake that I made was to take the word of those in higher semesters as iron-clad truths. As mentioned above, this is a subjective guide to the course. I also took into account the opinions of fellow students and the subjects wit...
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