Artikelen van Jessica Bucher

When you study in Maastricht, a peculiar thing happens. All the people you know are students too. That might not seem surprising but if you think about it, it is quite extraordinary to never meet people who actually work from 9 to 5. I would not even know where to get to know people in my age that do not go to University but have a job. I cannot help but wonder, if this separation makes us (the st...

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I live in a house with five other students and like in most of the student apartments in Maastricht we do not have a living room. What does that mean for a shared flat? No hanging around together on the couch, watching TV, playing board games or spontaneously inviting a bunch of people. When I first came here I was pretty disappointed about the lack of this aspect of living together. In Germa...

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After having finished 2/3 of my first year of studying in Maastricht I cannot help but think: “Where did the time go?” These months were the fastest ones of my entire life.  Not only did I get to know as many new people as never before, but I also reconsidered most of my habits and environment. All these changes like moving to a new country, starting to live on my own, moving twice in 6...

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  If you are a EU citizen and you are registered in Maastricht, you are allowed to vote in the local elections. When the letter from the Municipality was in my mailbox, I was not sure whether I should really take part in the elections. After all, I do not know enough about Maastricht’s politics and representatives. But my curiosity rose, when a friend said: “I wonder if voting in Holland is ...

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Travelling from Maastricht to my hometown Munich can be somewhat of an Odyssey. It easily takes up to 10 hours or more, at least, if you travel at short notice and cannot afford the regular price for the fast train, which is about 130 EUR one-way. When going home for the Carnival holidays I made the same old mistake again, deciding last second to go to Munich, spending almost one day in four diffe...

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Normally I don’t like going to a café or bar on my own. Sitting at a table alone, in between groups or couples makes me feel lonely. Not so in Amsterdam. The Dutch “gastvrijheid” I experienced in this city was amazing. I entered a pub, waiting for a friend to meet me and I did not know how long it would take until he would show up. So I felt a little uncomfortable, but as soon as I had sat down at...

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Photographs can make your hair stand up by their mere intensity. I visited the World Press Photo Exhibition the other day and was deeply moved, by some of the photographs. The content of the pictures was very different. They showed Georgian women crying over their murdered family members, heavily wounded victims of Brazilian gang violence as well as diving athletes making funny faces while jumping...

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Hey, do you know what comes behind Maastricht? What does the area look like leave this beautiful city? So far, I only relied on the rumours, spread by students who live on the other side of the Dutch-Belgium border, but now I gained some first hand information! If you leave the centre by train you get a good overview of the surroundings of Maastricht. Coming from Munich, I do not know Limburg at a...

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Today I want to talk about prejudices. There are some common Maastricht prejudices for ex­ample about the “car-Germans” who live near the Dutch border and drive home every day. But let’s look at prejudices from a totally different perspective. I want to tell what stereotypes I was confronted with when telling my friends in Munich that I would study in the Nether­lands.   First of all, nearl...

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The Introduction Day of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences took place on August 25, 2009. New students were provided with information about the study program; they got to know their PBL-groups and the student association Concordantia introduced itself. But my favourite moment of the day, besides the tasty lunch and the free beer in the end, was when I got my schedule.   First I could n...

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Jessica Bucher

Jessica Bucher

My name is Jessica Bucher (20). I am from Munich and I live in Maastricht since August 2009. I am a freshman at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, where I study European Studies. After my graduation from school I did an apprenticeship as “Patentanwalts­fachangestellte” for two years in an intellectual property law firm, which gives me a background in patent and trademark law. I am interested in foreign languages, travel and intercultural relations. In my professional future I would like to work in journalism, if possible as a foreign correspondent. Besides writing, I love to read and some people would even describe me as book-obsessed. But that does not mean that I spend most of the day in my room, as I also do sports like swimming and jogging and I like to dance.