Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?
I studied at the University of Western Ontario in (the little) London and the University of Freiburg before I joined the department.
What are your interests in German Studies?
Psychoanalysis, German idealism, and continental philosophy (especially existentialism and phenomenology).
Why did you choose University of Waterloo?
I chose Waterloo because of this program. Also, it is a plus to be not too far away from my friends.
Why did you choose this program?
I made this decision very last minute -- I was planning to move to Belgium. The most important reason for this is that I want to work with Dr. Alice Kuzniar. But of course, I like the supportive and friendly environment among faculties and students, as well as various opportunities (internship, TAship, workshop, intercultural communication, international mobility, to name a few) that prepare students with diverse career pursuits.
Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?
Yes, but it’s still working in progress.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I always wanted to be a philosopher, despite how often my plan got interrupted by other random stuff.
What is something people wouldn't guess about you?
I grew up speaking multiple languages (English, French, Yiddish, Russian, Kazakh, Chinese). And logically, I lost my train of thoughts quite often since I am frequently confused about what I am going to say or even in which language I am speaking... My brain is chaotic!