(as of winter, 2010, a graduate student in German Studies at Harvard University)
When I came to Middlebury, I was determined to major in international environmental studies, but in my first year, I was so excited by the German professors, German Club life, the German House parties, Kaffeestunde, and the language table, that I switched majors and even moved into the German House.
Studying abroad in Mainz was amazing and I met my best friend, Heike, while I was over there. After loving German theater with Bettina (Matthias), critical theory with Roman (Graf), and my independent study on Green Party politics with Michael Geisler, there was no turning back.
I was thinking of using my German to teach high school, but the professors were so supportive about information for grad school and tips on how to get in, that I changed plans again. Now I'm almost done with my Ph.D. in German Studies at Harvard--and I live with my German boyfriend! Within a couple of years, we'll both be German professors ourselves. I chose to major in German most of all because the department was a group of people I loved to be around, and I have never regretted it. Thank you Middlebury!