Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?
I studied B.A. Language and Communication (German-English) in Siegen (NRW, Germany) and afterwards in Mannheim M.A. Intercultural German Studies.
What are your interests in German Studies?
The reason why I like to study my mother tongue is because I think the German language is very complex and interesting. You have a lot to analyse and I love to figure out ways to explain it easier to not native speakers. I also like the different German dialects – what are the differences and where can we find similarities with other languages? E.g. North German and Dutch.
Why did you choose University of Waterloo?
I didn’t really choose the University of Waterloo. My program predetermined it ;) But I like it. It is a really great area: you have nature, but the biggest city of Canada is really close too!
Why did you choose this program?
I chose this program because it gives you the opportunity to learn more about a foreign culture in the context of your native language.
Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?
I've been thinking about it a bit, but didn't make my mind up yet ;) Maybe something with language and identity or language acquisition.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a model or a sales assistant at H&M :D
What is something people wouldn’t guess about you?
I can change a car tire with no problem, as well as one of a bike ;)