Hi! I'm Rachel and I'm from the University of Memphis in Tennessee, United States, studying abroad at Phillips-Uni in Marburg, Germany for the 2018 fall semester. Having previously lived in Cologne for a year and a half, it is my hope that through this blog I will be able to directly capture the social and practical aspects of German culture that are different from my own American culture. As an English major, I'll be taking literary classes that also explore these cultural values. I hope to provide a unique look into the effects of culture shock, keeping in touch with home, as well as navigating new ways of social interaction.