Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?Mareike Wagner

I studied the BA 'Culture and Economy: German studies' with a minor in business administration at the University of Mannheim.

What are your interests in German Studies?

I’m interested in literary studies, especially children’s literature and the works and authors I call ‘the overlooked’, because they’re not part of the curriculum in German schools and are overshadowed by Goethe.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

I didn’t. I choose the program and the University of Waterloo was part of it. 

Why did you choose this program?

I felt like this program would be the best opportunity I could get. I have never left Europe or studied abroad so I was super excited about this chance. This is an adventure for me.

Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?

No, but it will be in literary studies. If you have any suggestions, let me know: I have always troubles finding a topic.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A pirate. But also, an author and an engineer, because I wanted to invent something to help my grandpa with his knee problems.

I still want to be a pirate and an author, but let’s be realistic: I won’t become an engineer. Probably.

What is something people wouldn't guess about you?

Even though I really like everything in pink, my favourite music is rock and metal.

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