In Betweens

Last week our semester officially came to an end with our last large group gathering of SfC-Berlin. In fact even then many of our students were in the midst of exams and writing term papers. Fascinatingly enough, nearly every University and school seems to have their calendar, making it rather challenging to pinpoint an exact end. Exams started taking place a week or two ago and the exam period will go all the way till the week before the new semesters starts in the second week of April. The name for this in between time is “Vorlesungsfreiezeit,” which means “lecture free period.” For many profs this is an excellent time to give their students a nice long research paper to write, or prepare for a killer exam. I have lots of sympathy for our students!