As you might have recognized by now, there is two of us running this blog: Nils and Katha, both 20 years old. We study together and now spend our semester abroad in Reykjavik, Iceland.
We have met each other (could you probably think about anything more romantic?!) in the Analysis exercise class during our first semester at the KIT.
I offered Nils a paper since he just sat there and did not – as the rest of us – copy everything feverishly from the blackboard. He just replied: Not neccessary, he was already familiar with the math.
I found out later that he had started to study while he had still been in highschool and therefore he had already passed the Analysis and Linear Algebra exams. I spontaneously declared him my private coach – a few weeks later for life.
Our fifth semester has just started now. Nils does two bachelors at the same time, one in mathematics and the other one in computer science. I am studying math and chemistry to become a teacher. And still, I am as happy as a sandboy everytime I am faster than him in understanding something in math.
We both love doing sports (…the best compensation for all the learning! In keeping with the motto: No pain no gain.)
Nils would probably laugh at me if I told him about my “gain”… The only possibility for me to beat him in arm wrestling is still to throw my whole body against his arm… When he is unprepared… Or sleeping…
Nils plays tennis and used to do Krav Maga. I used to do Hip-Hop and now do Kung Fu and cycling. And yes, I am very proud about the latter! While I first looked more like a tomato than like a normal human being after riding to university, by now my facial colour is rather of a bright rose shade and there lies MUCH of hard work behind it…
Apart from that, I love working with children and teenagers and I lead a youth group in my home village. Before I started university, I was able to play the piano quite well – But now there is hardly any time left for that.
Nils is an active member of an NGO which fights for more political education and youth empowerment in international policy. On behalf of this NGO, Nils always travels a lot – there are months in which he is more often in some foreign country than at the university 😀
He is also very passionate about photography – as you might have witnessed on this blog.
The both of us share a deep love to nature. It is true: The more time you spend in the basement of the mathematical institute, covered in your records, textbooks and exercise sheets, the more you learn to appreciate fresh air.
In order to be able to breath freely again and to back away from the everyday stress, we like to leave the city every once in a while and go hiking – and, well, photographing.