People of UCM (Semester Abroad) Hello everyone! I’m Cadia and currently on my semester abroad at beautifully sunny UC San Diego. I’ve decided to go to the US, and UCSD especially, because I felt like it offered me the best combination of academics and way of life. Though challenging, I absolutely love the courses I’m taking here with the Political Science Department, and, being from Germany, particularly enjoy the different perspectives I gain also on European or German policy and security. And to be honest, who can say no to a surf at the beach before class in the morning, or the Californian skyline of palm trees, sand and sun? However, a big difference to UCM in the end is the way of studying here, which I had to adjust to in the beginning, since it is way more passive and lecture-based rather than as pro-active as at UCM. But also the ‚school spirit‘ is way more present and important here and as you can see, I’ve adjusted easily. And the size of course! UCSD is huuuuge! One of the most fun experiences I’ve had here so far was for sure the trip to Grand Canyon I made with my friends that I’ve met at UCSD. Living in the International House on campus is a great way to find likeminded people from all over the world and the trip to the Canyon for sure was unforgettable!