The beginning of the semester at the DMSB

07. February 2022

Every year, the first weeks at German Milling School in Braunschweig (DMSB) are all about getting to know each other: the school, the city and everyone involved in the studies. In particular, team building has a high priority. A good teaching-and-learning environment makes it easier to absorb new knowledge and skills and to process the skills already acquired. For this reason, the DMSB team has been welcoming students for several years at the beginning of the semester with various introductory events that make it easier for first semester students to find their way around.

For an overview, we report exemplarily from last year's beginning of the semester: At the beginning of the first day, the first year students got to know each other. The teachers introduced themselves and briefly explained the system at DMSB. After the introductory words by the pedagogical director, Mr. Georg Böttcher, everyone discovered the school together during a small tour through the building. In the afternoon, the big round of introductions with the second year followed – with ice cream, distance and lots of fresh air outside.

On the second day – after a unit of "dry bureaucracy" – a city rally across Braunschweig was on the agenda. The first-year students discovered many highlights and distinctive corners in the city center: in addition to the city hall, the castle, the “Sternenhaus”, the Quadriga and many other sights, they also discovered institutions such as the Café Haertl or the so-called “Dönerdreieck”. Mixed teams of first- and second-year students brought back selfies of the places they had visited from their individual tours, so that afterwards everyone could report on their discoveries in their new home and exchange ideas. The rally ended with a big "welcome back" at the rooftop bar "Soldekk" – a beach above the rooftops of Braunschweig. From here, everyone could once again enjoy the view over the city. Quite a few were pleased to find out that Braunschweig is a really nice place to study. These joint meetings always lead to special moments, interesting conversations – and hopefully many long-lasting friendships.

On the afternoon of the third day, a tour was on the agenda for all students of the first two years. The first year group got to know the "Mühle Sack" company in Langelsheim, the second year group the "Bühler GmbH" in Braunschweig. The participants learned a lot of interesting facts about the companies and at the same time got to know each other better in order to grow together as a team. On the last two days of the introduction week, various events were also held for the new students at the school. This is because all graduates are supposed to leave the DMSB strengthened – also in their future role as leaders. These competencies for role understanding and personality development are practiced and trained just as much as the acquisition of classic technical knowledge.

For this purpose, we carried out the so-called competence reflector with the students. This is a procedure for uncovering one's own personal competencies. It helps to learn that not only qualifications and certificates are decisive for our personalities, but many other characteristics. In addition, with the help of the competence reflector, self and external reflection is practiced as well as giving and accepting constructive feedback. Throughout the process, personal strengths and development potential are identified, which in turn lead to individual small, medium or large goals to further strengthen and expand one's own competencies. This process serves as a basis for initiating a coaching process, for example. In addition, students gain new experience with the topic of employee management and find their own role.

The first week at the DMSB is exciting and varied and helps students to get to know the school and the city as well as themselves. It helps them to come together as a team and become a community – strengthened for the exciting time ahead at DMSB.

We all hope that we can continue to hold classes in presence. If homeschooling should still prevail, we have found a good way in the meantime. Online lessons are different – but just as well-founded.


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