|—||Arundhati Roy - author of The God of Small Things and Our Tragic Universe|
is there a word for “i’m okay but it’s a fragile kind of okay so be gentle with me”?
I nominate ‘I’m eggshell fine’. Currently whole but easily crushed again.
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.
My brother is looking into this. So happy
One reason why I got my degree in Germany. No debt once you’re done. :)
Honestly, I’m ashamed of my country for financially crippling the next generations before they can even get started. Germany clearly gets the importance of education and is setting an amazing example of generosity. I’m a bit stunned by the whole thing, really. Wow. Germany, you rock! ^5
Be the person Arthur Shappey thinks you are.
You’re allowed to be sad, but please don’t think that nobody loves you.
getting nice messages like
replying to said messages:
If you don’t reblog this, you are on duty to get the cookies off the top shelf. You have been notified.
Robyn Lawley, Jada Sezer, and Gabi Gregg for Swimsuits For All.
Now THIS is how you sell a fucking bikini.
WHAT WHAT LEGIT CHUBBY GIRLS IN ADS?! NOT JUST HOLLYWOOD CHUBBY BUT FOR REALS CHUBBY THANK YOU BLESS
(Models Shareefa J, Robyn Lawley, Jada Sezer and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg)
i want realistic modern fantasy like
someone finding a dragon egg and livetweeting the process of trying to hatch it (with no prior knowledge on how a dragon egg should be hatched)
a guy selling an enchanted sword on craigslist
a tattoo artist who does spell runes but for really mundane stuff like conjuring a bound demonic pen or for summoning your keys
summoning a demon for the vine
selfies with mermaids
prank calling wizards
YES! YES, DAMMIT! This needs to happen! Pleeeeeeeeeeeease!
If we have to have adverts in the world, this is the kind I’d like to see more of. Just watch, you’ll be smiling.
Goddamnit I want a porn to start out this way. I want them to be ridiculously fucking adorably cute and excited as hell to be married and full of giggling squee as they proceed to bone the shit out of each other.
well i was reblogging because i liked the gif/comment but then also hell yes.
Can we have ficcage, too? What a fun ‘trope’ this one would make! Tumblr ficcers, don’t fail me now!
i want a pirate story where there’s so many goddamn mermaids and sirens hanging around that the captain’s first mate always has to be a woman to take over when they show up or the whole ship gets eaten
and everyone has to be really respectful of the first mate because if you piss her off she’ll for serious let a mermaid eat your nasty butt-pinching hands right off
I want this, or some reasonable facsimile of it like burning! GIMME! Please?
I should probably go to sleep…
I should probably-