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All content by Maria-Xenia Hardt

Should professors employ a “no-screens” policy?

Sam Hays and Maria-Xenia Hardt February 13, 2013

Editor’s note: As the use of laptops in class becomes widespread across campus, we asked two columnists if glowing screens should be allowed to remain open. Are laptops a necessary tool that professors...

DIY study abroad

Maria-Xenia Hardt February 5, 2013

UT study abroad programs are wide-ranging but expensive, and students looking to travel afar should consider other options. By participating in a faculty-led program, such as “Theater in Italy,”...

Gun control: A German’s disbelief

Maria-Xenia Hardt January 17, 2013

When I told people in Germany my plans to study in Texas for a year, they all had the same reaction: “Be careful with those cowboys, don’t get shot!” While I haven’t met many cowboys,...

Advice from a wannabe

Maria-Xenia Hardt December 7, 2012

When I was 12 years old, I told my family that I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up. A sports journalist. By 2022, I announced, they would all be able to watch me on TV, commenting on the final match...

Why Americans don’t learn languages

Maria-Xenia Hardt November 27, 2012

Ten years ago, no one would have predicted that I would someday write for an English newspaper, get along in an English-speaking country or study English literature. As a German grammar school student,...

You get what you pay for

Maria-Xenia Hardt October 30, 2012

Imagine a university where you did not have to pay any fees other than around $300 a year for administration costs and your bus ticket. Universities like this exist, and I’ve been a student at one...

Doping is a reality

Maria-Xenia Hardt October 24, 2012

Here we go: another doping scandal in cycling. But this time it involves a big name — Lance Armstrong. As in past doping scandals, the public debate about what lessons to draw from athletes’...

The European dream

Maria-Xenia Hardt October 17, 2012

Europeans faced with a crushing economic crisis have gotten a lot of bad news in the past few years. Although I’m no economist, I am a German native studying in the States and I’ve recognized...

Don’t short your identity

Maria-Xenia Hardt September 26, 2012

Soon after I arrived on the UT-Austin campus, I saw a group of girls wearing striped Nike Tempo shorts, tennis shoes and oversized t-shirts. I thought they were part of a feminist organization rebelling...

Hello, my name is: ‘Party’

Maria-Xenia Hardt September 18, 2012

At UT, there’s something for everybody. Not only in the course catalog but also when it comes to extra-curricular activities. With over 1,000 student organizations, it is hard not to find one that...

Postcard from a newcomer

Maria-Xenia Hardt September 7, 2012

On various occasions I’ve thought about recording a tape and pressing “play” whenever I meet yet another new person: “Hi! My name is Maria, I’m an exchange student from Germany....

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