MA German Studies

Where and what did you study before you came to GermaniStefanie Odenthalc and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?

I did my bachelor‘s degree in business administration, working for several years afterward. The experiences I had in my profession resulted in my decision to do my Masters in Culture and Business Studies, majoring in German Linguistics and Literature.

What are your interests in German Studies?

I am actually interested in all three areas the department covers, namely cultural studies, linguistics and literature. To me it is very interesting to see how they enrich and complement each other.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

I first heard about the Germanic and Slavic Studies Department and the University of Waterloo from one of my lecturers, who also studied in Waterloo and set up a joint MA program. In addition, the University of Mannheim has a long-standing and very well working exchange program with the University of Waterloo.

Why did you choose this program?

This program gives me the opportunity to focus on all the fields I am interested in and beyond. A lot of people asked why I am doing German studies in Canada, but this is the main point for me. Looking at German literature, linguistics, and culture from a different perspective is very value-adding. Furthermore, Canada and especially the region of Kitchener-Waterloo (Kitchener being formerly named Berlin) has a substantial German population, making studying German here much more interesting.

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

Since I am doing an interdisciplinary master‘s degree, I am thinking about writing my thesis about linguistics and its power in business contexts.

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

Oh, I actually wanted to become a physician or a marine biologist. I loved dolphins when I was a kid.

What is something people wouldn’t guess about you?

My boyfriend and I renovated a house from 1957. I may be small, but I can be really handy.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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