What the #FemGeniusesinBerlin Said!

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The 2018 #FemGeniusesinBerlin during a Convergence Class with Professor Rebecca Brückmann at the University of Kassel

When you’re in another country, the expectation to act maturely and responsibly is even greater than when we are on campus. Be very conscious of this going into any course abroad, especially with this professor.

If you don’t take this course, you are really going to be missing out on a great adventure and a magnificent learning experience. Not to mention, you get to travel across the world with one of the best professors CC has to offer.

Really think about what you want out of this and make sure to revisit that throughout the course. You’ll be getting so much content in a short amount of time, so it helps to have a goal.

Heidi knows so many amazing people in Berlin, and you will feel so lucky to have had the chance to listen to them.

There is no room for bullshitting. Keep up and actually do the readings. Look at the questions picked for the quizzes and use them as a template for writing your questions the following week.

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The 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin during a walking tour about Porajmos and Sinti and Roma History & Culture in Berlin led by Sinti & Roma Youth

Very engaging way to learn about the concept of intersectionality. Relatively accessible to people who have never taken an FGS course.

Engage with the material both inside and outside of class. Discuss it with your peers and engage with it during the sessions. Don’t be intimidated by the sessions. These women are brilliant and wanting you to engage with them. The worst thing you can do is take your intimidation and shut yourself off. Ask lots of questions, too.

This course is great even if you don’t feel like you know a lot about Feminist & Gender Studies. As long as you’re willing to engage and be curious, you’ll learn so much.

It is not easy. There isn’t much work (a few quizzes, a couple blog posts), but it may be one of the toughest classes I’ve taken at CC.

This course is the most emotionally demanding course I’ve taken at CC, but it is so rewarding and crucial to the fabric of our society.

The course was exhausting, but in a very good way. The amount of important and amazing content we got to explore was something that probably no other CC course could provide.

You must have high expectations for yourself. This is not a normal class, and you must push yourself to learn and absorb information. You cannot just expect to learn what you need by just being in an environment. You must search out the answers to what you are looking for from the people and places you visit.

You need to take it. You think you know what’s going on in the world, but this class will really open your eyes.

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