Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.
This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.
If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.
I got drunk with this guy at PAX a couple years ago!
White supremacist/Holocaust denier and overall racist.
She looks like a real ass mayo jar
Seriously doesn’t believe the Holocaust didn’t exist… is a Nazi as well. HMMMM,
So~ I finally did the doodles of those creatures.
I decided that there would be main guardians for each of the biomes. I can also create smaller fairies and spirits, but these are the main. Sorry for the poor quality sketches, I made them very quickly, just to present the idea.
… an I just jhsdbcfdhgsdhhcjhsdgf about Quetzalcoatl-like guy ;w; I wanna draw him in colors)
Me: Dooo it.
Coworker: Nah, I'd do that on my own time.
Coworker: I would only do that on my own time too. It just feels wrong to be doing that while I'm on the clock. *pulls out Bejeweled on her iphone*
So not only was the Viola’s performance in the final scene of the episode incredibly raw, symbolic and real, but she actually pitched the idea herself.
I have so much respect for this woman.
OKAY BUT SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER IS A FUCKING FANTASTIC SHOW. SO SO GODDAMN GOOD.
Japanese imperialism / colonization does not = white privilege.
Japanese imperialism / colonization does not = white supremacy.
This is an extremely, extremely easy concept.
When your white ass (or self-loathing PoC ass) is backed into a corner with hard facts of the atrocious cruelties committed by whites throughout history, pulling the “BUT JAPANESE PPL WERE BAD TOO” card out of your hat doesn’t do anything.
Yes Japanese imperialism was / is bad but it’s not measurable on the level of horrors committed by the white race throughout recorded history, and even now.
White people still actively oppress. They still actively colonize. They still actively slaughter PoC. The atrociousness of whites are not a thing of the past; they’re a thing of the present, too.
You use the victims of Japanese imperialism as a convenient scapegoat to unsuccessfully try to divert attention from yourself.
Take your “gotcha” card and shove it up your ass.
Seriously, this is the worst rebuttal. It is equivalent of a five year old’s rebuttal: “I did shove him to the ground, but my friend Billy made him bleed!! He’s the bad one, not me!”
If children of color have to be aware of the realities of racism, white children should too.
I’m tired of hearing that white children are too young to understand the consequence of their words or actions when for nonwhite kids they live with the impact of racism every day
The appropriation of AAVE is rather annoying in itself since black people are vilified and mocked for language that is co-opted by non black people who in turn receive praise for using such language. The thing that make this appropriation more damaging is that it is targeted as abusive and in many…
So there are a lot of reasons why Bob’s Burgers is such a great show but today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite parts of the show: Tina.
Or more specifically: How the family treats Tina.
I stand by a statement that I once made: Tina Belcher is everything that Meg Griffin could have been in Family Guy hadn’t screwed up.
Tina is an awkward thirteen-year-old girl and the oldest of the Belcher siblings. The show doesn’t hold back at showing some of her awkward moments. She frequently fantasizes about boys but she never knows how to act around them, she writes erotic fan/friend-fiction, she’s socially awkward, she easily panics, she often says the wrong things, etc.
And yes, members of the family have occasionally pointed out how awkward she is. But here come the best part. They don’t care! They still love Tina! She is rarely the butt of a joke and the Belchers would never tell her to shut up or otherwise abuse her unlike some other shows on FOX.And the family is always going out of their way to do things for her because that’s what a family does. Especially Bob. Bob is such a great father and the way he’ll do anything for his kids (especially Tina) proves it. ‘Fighting’ the teacher of a Capoeira class because he refuses to give Tina her yellow cord. Driving a cab at night to make extra money to throw her a birthday party. Getting his legs waxed alongside her so that she’s not afraid. Going to the equivalent of a Brony convention to get her favorite toy back. Etc. Linda treats Tina just like the rest of the kids and fully embraces Tina’s ‘weirdness’. Even when Gene and Louise tease Tina, it’s made clear that they still love her and that teasing each other is just what siblings do. Most of the series shows the three of them doing things together and the episodes always equally involve all three siblings and using them to their full potential. All three are hilarious, all three have their moments, and all three shine. And when Tina is upset, Gene and Louise are always there to try and save the day. Whether it’s getting her to her favorite concert, getting back at a bully, letting her have her time to shine at a Bat Mitzvah, etc.
Also, her weight is never mentioned. I don’t think anyone’s weight is mentioned in Bob’s Burgers, other than a scene where Bob cheers Teddy up.
Anyway, the point of this post is to show how amazing a show can be when they have an awkward character who still has great moments, has a family who loves her, and is actually funny, instead of making her the butt of the jokes by having her constantly be abused by her family and the writers of the show, DO YOU SEE?
Girls and women I know (and myself included) relate to Tina a lot. We identify with at least some part of her as a reflection of ourselves. We laugh with Tina because we’re laughing at ourselves at the same time, in a comfortable lighthearted way. With Meg, everyone is asked to laugh at her, and she rarely gets a chance to redeem herself or grow.
fun statistics for adults!
“when I was a kid, I had no help with college tuition, I was hardworking and paid it all myself”
-Annual tuition for Yale, 1970: $2,550
-Annual tuition for Yale, 2014: $45,800
-Minimum Wage, 1970: $1.45
-Minimum Wage, 2014: $7.25
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 1970: 4.8
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 2014: 17.3
LOOK AT THE LAST PART LOOK AT THE LAST FUCKING PART