Philipp Darjes, 01.5
(carrying the Olympic torch in Beijing, 2008)
Middlebury was an awakening. It was my first year seminar, a course in literature, and my first year adviser that awakened a liking for the arts and languages. So I took more literature and language courses and broadened my exposure to the arts by sampling music and art courses. Slowly, my choice of courses revealed patterns and took on the shape of a major. I graduated from Middlebury with a double major in Literary Studies and German and a minor in Music. I decided after Middlebury to pursue a second BA in music. A series of internships and involvement in extracurricular activities helped me to apply my skills and see potential career paths.
Fresh from the conservatory, I started working for the corporate communications department of a large German company in Beijing. Soon I found myself planning the announcement for the company's appointment as the first partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. A year later I was asked to manage all marketing and communications for the company's Olympic engagement. Three years on, I ran 200 meters on a street in Guangzhou carrying the Olympic torch, surrounded by thousands of cheering bystanders. Nurturing my German roots in Middlebury turned out to be very useful.