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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.

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2014/10/03/german-colleges—free-degrees—americans/16658027/

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.

Omygodd! * w *

This is one of the core problems of the US right now. Education is simply out of reach for far too many people. How can one ever be expected to succeed in business after school when being crushed by enormous student loan debt? 

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ALL DOGS SEE YOU AT YOUR MOST UNFLATTERING ANGLE WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE TWELVE THOUSAND CHINS AND THEY ARE STILL SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SELF THAT THEIR ENTIRE BODY VIBRATES, HOW GREAT IS THAT?

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Anonymous asked: 12, 16

I am not sure which ask these go to, so I’ll just do them both.

Let Me Introduce Myself…

12) Ideas of a perfect date - I think someone is trying to make me look like a big sap. So… perfect date… I’d have to say start with a nice candlelit dinner in an intimate setting, either home or a small restaurant somewhere. After that, I guess it would depend on who I am with and what they enjoy doing. If the weather is decent, a nice walk under the stars and moonlight is perfect or maybe even a drive through the country. I love the arts and performing arts, so I love going to the theatre. This is something I love sharing with someone else, especially if it their first time seeing a Broadway show because it’s a moment of either pure love that forms or an absolute hatred. I also love just sitting somewhere quiet and talking for hours about anything and everything. So okay, yeah… I’m a big sap.

16) Favourite movie - Right now, I’d have to say it’s Inequality for All. It’s a documentary narrated by former US Labour Secretary and current Berkeley economics professor Robert Reich. It’s an amazing and analytic look at the growing gap in income inequality in the US. It’s a brilliant piece of film if you haven’t seen it yet.

Let’s Talk Music…

12) A song that I love - Wow, there are so many! Right now, one of the ones on the top of my list is Wrong Direction by Passenger. I am totally in love with his music at the moment. Incredible performer and songwriter. 

16) A song that gets stuck in your head - At any given moment, I’ve almost always got some song in my head so I don’t know if there is a particular one. 

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germanladybug1980 asked: 9, 13, 16

Haha! I am not sure which ask these go to, so I’ll just do them both.

Let Me Introduce Myself…

9) Tattoos I want - Ummmmm as many as I can really. I want The Roadrunner (Looney Tunes one) for my dad, and a paw print with hearts around it for Betsy. I’d also love to expand my Freddie Mercury tattoo on my left arm, and have a sleeve devoted entirely to all the music that has influenced me over the years. Seriously, I could prattle on about tattoos all day and night. 

13) Life goal(s) - To graduate uni eventually, and probably go into teaching. My therapist (hahaha… a funny bit coming up here) told me that for one, I wouldn’t pass the psychological tests to become a social worker/counselor, then asked me if I could easily handle dealing with 30 or more of me a day *cringe* to which I said, “Good point. Teaching it is!” He actually paid me a wonderful complement at this point. He told me that with my personality and the way I care for people, I would be able to easily identify the kids that needed me the most and I would be a great help to them. I totally AWWWW’ed at this point. 

16) Favourite movie - Right now, I’d have to say it’s Inequality for All. It’s a documentary narrated by former US Labour Secretary and current Berkeley economics professor Robert Reich. It’s an amazing and analytic look at the growing gap in income inequality in the US. It’s a brilliant piece of film if you haven’t seen it yet.

Let’s Talk Music…

9) A song that makes me cry - I would have to say Elysium by Bears Den. If you throw the video on top of that, I’m an absolute mess. Also, If I Ever Leave This World Alive by Flogging Molly. I used it on a tribute video I made for Betsy, and again every time I hear it I’m a wreck. Pass the tissues, please?

13) A song you hate - Oh, FFS… I don’t know if I can answer this really. I mean, there are plenty I don’t like but I don’t know if I can fairly say I really hate any song. Each song means something to someone, even if it’s only to its writer.  

16) A song that gets stuck in your head - At any given moment, I’v almost always got some song in my head so I don’t know if there is a particular one. 

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“Hey man, take my picture!”
“I can’t do it. It’s too dark.”
“Yeah, we need some light. Let’s go over there.”
“Are you homeless?”
“Yes, I am.”
“How long have you been homeless?”
“15 years. I’ve been in Boston 8 months. Before that I was in Washington, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Florida…”
“Why didn’t you stay in Florida? It’s so much warmer.”
“I wanted to see my family. But they don’t want to see me. They don’t understand depression. They treat me like dirt. Homeless people treat me better than my family.”
“And what happened 15 years ago? How did you end up on the streets?”
“I tried to burn myself twice. I had 30 surgeries. I was dead two times, but God brought me back. I don’t know why.”
“And why did you do it?”
“I was depressed. Why you crying?”
“Because you are a beautiful person, and my family is really messed up, and I’ve been very depressed. I think I can understand you.”
“Yes, I am a good person. And when you take people’s pictures, don’t disrespect them.”
“No, man, I won’t. I like people. That’s why I take their pictures.”
“And when you make your portfolio, don’t denigrate people. Let the pictures speak for themselves.”
“I will. Are you safe on the streets?”
“Yes, I am…And now I have $8 to buy me some food.”
“That’s all I have. Next time I see you, I will give you more.”
“No, man. It ain’t all about money. Give me a hug. And next time you see me, give me a hug again. And thanks for taking my picture.”

“Hey man, take my picture!”

“I can’t do it. It’s too dark.”

“Yeah, we need some light. Let’s go over there.”

“Are you homeless?”

“Yes, I am.”

“How long have you been homeless?”

“15 years. I’ve been in Boston 8 months. Before that I was in Washington, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Florida…”

“Why didn’t you stay in Florida? It’s so much warmer.”

“I wanted to see my family. But they don’t want to see me. They don’t understand depression. They treat me like dirt. Homeless people treat me better than my family.”

“And what happened 15 years ago? How did you end up on the streets?”

“I tried to burn myself twice. I had 30 surgeries. I was dead two times, but God brought me back. I don’t know why.”

“And why did you do it?”

“I was depressed. Why you crying?”

“Because you are a beautiful person, and my family is really messed up, and I’ve been very depressed. I think I can understand you.”

“Yes, I am a good person. And when you take people’s pictures, don’t disrespect them.”

“No, man, I won’t. I like people. That’s why I take their pictures.”

“And when you make your portfolio, don’t denigrate people. Let the pictures speak for themselves.”

“I will. Are you safe on the streets?”

“Yes, I am…And now I have $8 to buy me some food.”

“That’s all I have. Next time I see you, I will give you more.”

“No, man. It ain’t all about money. Give me a hug. And next time you see me, give me a hug again. And thanks for taking my picture.”

(Source: portraits-of-america, via intrusions-ofbeauty)

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Gerard Way’s reindeer story aka Gerard being a huge dork

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let's talk music

1:
A song that makes you feel happy
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A song that makes you feel sad
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A song that makes you feel badass
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A song that makes you feel angry
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A song that makes you feel in love
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A song that makes you feel heart broken
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A song that makes you jump in excitement
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A song that makes you think about life
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A song that makes you cry
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A song you find boring
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A song you listened to too many times and got sick of it
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A song you love
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A song you hate
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A song that makes you dance
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A song that makes you sing
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A song that gets stuck in your head
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Your favorite song
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The last song you listened to
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The song you’re listening to now
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The first five songs on your ipod
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The first five songs on your ipod on shuffle
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A song from your childhood
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The song you want to die listening to
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The song you last sang
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A song that brings up good memories
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A song that brings up bad memories
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A song that you can fall asleep to
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A song that makes you scream when you hear it
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A song that makes you feel pumped up
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A song you wish everyone would listen to
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A song you haven’t heard in a long time
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A song you can always back to and listen to and fall in love with it all over again
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A song with a story behind it
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A song that’s starting to grow on you
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A song you’re starting to get sick of
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The song you’ve listened to the most
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