of Modern Languages
New Concord, OH 43762
Hometown: New Concord, OH
Major: German; Minor: Spanish
Passau University Fall 2008 and Spring 2009
of the 2010 Phi Sigma Iota Award Dr. Santiago Vilas
Why did you choose to pursue your degree?
What types of jobs are available for students who share your major?
In high-school, I had always wanted to take German, but it was not offered
in my school so I ended up taking Spanish for four years. Upon entering
college, my intentions were to have psychology as a major and Spanish as
a minor, but when I took my first German class in the 2007 spring semester,
I fell in love with the language. I then decided that a major in
Spanish and German would be much more rewarding for me.
How will you use your degree upon graduation?
Where to beginÖ? German is very useful for business majors, international
affairs majors, political science majors, engineering majors, chemistry
majors, physics majors, philosophy majors, pre-med, and education majors.
Knowing German will most definitely be a valuable addition to any résumé.
What activities are you in?
With just the language majors, I am open to whatever may come my way.
Perfect case scenario would be to work at a university for a couple of
years and then possibly start translating for an international company.
Elements a person should possess to succeed in your major?
What advice can you offer for someone who is considering having the
same major as you?
Grammar, Grammar, Grammar! Having already learned a foreign language,
or having a good handle on your own language and grammar makes a big difference
in how fast you will learn German. Knowing the parts of a sentence
is essential for learning the declensions and word order. It will
make things just that much easier.
Have a talk with Meri
Linn Emerson about Study Abroad!
Take German 111 (or 211) the first semester. It is a LAE requirement
to take a language class in order to graduate, so you have nothing to lose
by taking it. If you KNOW that you want to major in something else
other than German, donít dismiss the possibility of double-majoring!
If you know how to use your LAE (Liberal Arts Essentials) checklist efficiently,
a double major (in the major of your choice and German) is relatively easy.
Donít be afraid to ask your advisor / upperclassmen / Dr.
Wehage / myself how to get
the most out of your LAE checklist. Most people are glad to help
if you just ask.
Summer German Program (either Lüneburg or Passau)ÖI highly suggest
it. It is really quite affordable and it almost pays for itself in
terms of how much a credit hour at Muskingum costs and how much you will
Get to know the professors and the foreign language assistants!