Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo?
Before starting the IcGS program, I got my Bachelor’s degree in German and English with the “Lehramtsoption” at the University of Heidelberg.
What are your interests in German Studies?
During my Bachelor studies, I focused on 20th Century literature, especially Nelly Sachs’ and Paul Celan’s post-war poetry. Recently, I’ve really enjoyed studying linguistic topics such as conversation analysis, medical communication, and the language of populism.
Why did you choose the University of Waterloo?
I chose the joint IcGS program at the universities of Mannheim and Waterloo because, on one hand, it was a perfectly suitable continuation for my Bachelor studies: Learning about German from an intercultural perspective AND studying abroad in an English-speaking country. On the other hand, I was intrigued by the possibility of developing my academic and personal skills working and/or doing an internship abroad. Among many other things, I’m also looking forward to trying out some of the university’s sports clubs!
Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?
Currently, I’m set on writing a linguistic Master’s thesis, but I definitely haven’t decided on the exact topic yet.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In kindergarten, I was the biggest fan of the TV series ‘Flipper’, which made me want to become either a professional pearl diver or a marine biologist. Easier said than done living in rural Germany!
What is a fun fact about you?
I’m a trained track and field youth coach and have been doing track and field for more than two-thirds of my life.