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The university is the place that brings people from diverse backgrounds together - weaving memorable experiences that last a lifetime. The European Campus is a living example of this statement. During my three semesters, I have bumped into different students' characters that changed the perception I had of the Campus as a small homogenous community.
Here's a handy guide of the students that you met or will meet during your student life at Pfarrkirchen, and what you can get out of them.
A student warrior is someone who's studying and working hard. Most of our warriors are working in Munich or the surrounding towns of Pfarrkirchen. I personally respect this type of students, and I think the title of a warrior is well deserved here, managing the load of study and the exhausting hours of work is not an easy task. Having a student warrior as a friend will motivate you to work harder and achieve your goals.
The “forever stressed” students:
Now, that person always seems to have a never-ending list of things to do, anytime, anywhere. The kind of person you ask, "how do you enjoy the Party?" and the answer will be "Monday is two days away, I have an exam on Monday, I'm leaving soon." They always seem to be thinking about the amount of work they have, the little time they have to finish this work and how they can't endure all the stress. Yet, what makes you very suspicious about this person is that they always tend to finish assignments and work before deadlines. If you have problems, tell them, and they will find a more complicated issue that will make you feel that yours is not severe.
This type of students, not because of their age, are more experienced than others, and they tend to be the voice of wisdom in the Campus. While organising events, the social event students refer to them for counselling. Whenever you seek advice, talk with your experienced friends.
When we first started our master's program, we were round about 20 students, after two months, only 13 people remained. You meet them once or twice on Campus, and every time you do, there must be some important event going on at the university, like final exams or presentation day. However, having a ghost friend will teach you how to be flexible and efficient in your studies.
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The social event students:
Tell them "good morning", and the answer will be "would you like to join us?". Thanks to these students, a lot of organised events contributed to shaping student life at the European Campus. This person is your best friend when it comes to recommendations for the right meeting places and having a good time, but it is recommended, from personal experience, to avoid them when choosing a group for project work. You will find it difficult to remove them from their social sessions, and even more to silence them and work.
The “know-it- all” students:
Among all students, this type is the hardest to deal with. In the classroom, you get used to their voices in a short time, since they always try to run a conversation that has nothing to do with the lecture's aim. As convincing a "know-it-all" friend is a hard task, it is better to turn to them in cases of boredom, just give them a keyword, and have the conversation you seek.
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The gossip addicted students:
Their work is based on qualitative research methods, namely Observation, and Interviews. This person mostly feeds on any news or rumor that circulates. He or she is the reference if you ever feel disconnected from social events. However, thanks to their storytelling skills, you will never miss an event happening in the school.
The “Party Animal” students:
When it comes to their party time, they get incredibly energetic. Every day is a Friday for them as long as there are parties. And if there is a class in the morning the next day, you barely see them as they will mostly suffer from hangovers from the previous night. But the good thing is that they can be the party life or great party organisers. A party animal student leaves all his/her assignments till the last minute, yet they manage to succeed somehow, and that's a skill that you can learn from them.
These are so far the people I met at the European Campus, and I'm happy to have friends from all the mentioned types. Moreover, being a student in Pfarrkirchen means simply getting to know people from all over the world.
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So, enjoy it while it lasts, and remember to tag your friends and share your experience with us.
Hattab is an international student based in Bavaria; full of contradictions, he enjoys going out as well as being a couch potato, sports and overeating, meeting with friends and having the morning coffee alone. Through his blog posts, Hattab is sharing his thoughts about different topics with the big family of DIT. Hattab hopes that you all enjoy his writings, and he is looking forward to reading your thoughts too.