Steven agrees. After his semester abroad in Oslo, he is now writing his Bachelor thesis. For this, he is working with quadratic programming solutions in the gemstone project and is being supported by his mentor Dr. Tobias Seidel. »He has already helped me a lot, especially when it comes to what I will do with my studies in the future«, affirms the 22-year-old. In the meantime, he is sure that he wants to stay in Kaiserslautern for his Master degree, but he definitely wants to plan another semester abroad, probably in the USA.
Never forget to have fun
They both like the university campus of the RPTU in Kaiserslautern, and the lectures are interesting and versatile. However, a lot is expected of the students. »Especially in the first two semesters, you have to submit a lot of work, but after that it gets better«, says Steven. He therefore advises the new scholarship holders: »At first push through it, but don't lose your sense of fun.« To switch off, he does a lot of sports like beach volleyball or bouldering and is involved in the student initiative Bonding. Among other things, he helps organise company contact fairs.
Lars also has a busy schedule; in addition to his job and studies, he is also involved with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and organises youth camps there. »That can be a bit much at times, but of course I still enjoy it«, he adds.
The two maths students are also looking forward to presenting their projects on the last day of autumn school. »Everything works in theory with our project now, let's see how it works on Friday«, says Steven excited.
We are also excited about the final presentations and wish them every success!