Patrick Ploschnitzki received his Abitur in 2006 and spent six months in the United States, traveling and getting to know the country he had been curious about for many years. After that, he served his Zivildienst at a hostel on Norderney, one of the German islands. This was followed by a job at the front desk of the same hostel before he, fascinated by languages, started studying "Linguistics and Phonetics" and "English Studies" at the University of Cologne in 2008. Since then, as part of his studies, he has worked for the University of Rhode Island's German Section as an intern, where, among other tasks, he taught a conversation class and supported German teachers in and outside of class and as a tutor. Patrick returns to Middlebury College’s German School for the fourth time, after serving as a bilingual assistant for the last three summers, before starting graduate school at the University of Arizona on a Max Kade Fellowship in his pursuit to become a professional translator. Patrick is passionate about travel and language, as well as music, movies and literature, the latter of which he is always happy to use as a motivational tool for any student of German that might have hit a bump in the road.