• Jacob Reshetar

    Jacob Reshetar

    Class of 2015
    Coon Rapids, MN
    Biochemistry and Philosophy, Pre-Med

    Jacob's Bio:
    I have explored a wealth of incredible opportunities and experiences at CSS. While preparing for a career in medicine, I have pursued biochemical and philosophic studies while serving as a Residential Advisor and Student Senator. My passions inspired me to participate in multiple international service-learning and study abroad events in Guatemala, Nicaragua and China. While completing a fifth year through CSS to fulfill my philosophy degree, I have chosen to explore an exciting opportunity to study abroad aboard a transatlantic voyage: Semester at Sea.

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Morgan Richie

    Class of 2017
    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Marisa Hutterer

    Class of 2017
    Prior Lake, MN
    Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Victoria Tabolich

    Cambridge, MN
    Exercise Physiology

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Semaj Moore

    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN

    Patrick Linn

    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
    Communication Major, Film Concentration

    Cheyenne Lemm

    Cromwell, MN
    History and Social Science Secondary Education

Bunkers and Trains



Our final day in Berlin was packed with scurrying about Berlin and travel to Warnermunde, Germany where our ship was docked. After packing my bag and a quick shower at our Hostel, we departed for Checkpoint Charlie once again to have our passports stamped with all of the official stamps from the Cold War clearances required to go from East to West Germany. Needless to say, I freaked out to have the communist stamps in my passport from the Cold War! Afterward, we went in search of the German parliament house, or Reichstag, near the Brandenburg gate. Along the way, we encountered a parking lot near the Reichstag that concealed the bunker that Hitler allegedly committed suicide in at the close of the European theatre of WW2. It turns out that the German government did not want the bunker becoming a shrine for neo-Nazis in Berlin. Thus, the government covered the bunker with a parking lot and a nearby playground. After the finding the Reichstag and taking some pictures (I’m standing with my buddy, Steve!), we grabbed a Panini sandwich for lunch and explored a massive holocaust memorial built near the Brandenburg gate. The memorial featured a maze of various cement columns that formed a maze; each cement block represented a population of Jewish victims murdered in the Holocaust. You can see pictures of the monument in this post.


We soon caught a three-hour train to Warnermunde, Germany where we met the ship. I spent a few hours exploring the maritime charm of the city before boarding the ship for our four-day journey to Belgium and France. Check out the photos of the city and my friends!


In my next post, I’ll be checking in from the ship about a day in the life of a Semester at Sea student! Best wishes from Germany, Jake Reshetar

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