June 2016

Graduating Majors

OUR MAJORS AND MINORS GRADUATING IN JUNE 2016

Read about their future plans here.

And below, our students tell prospective students, what mattered to them.


Austin AptAustin Apt

WCAS: German

"The department showed me a side of Northwestern that as a Pre-Med I had come to believe did not exist; the instruction was direct, helpful and even enjoyable!... I hope to continue working with the humanities, possibly pursue further studies, but most importantly get abroad with my fresh language skills as soon as possible!"


Miriam BohlmannMiriam Bohlmann

WCAS: Chemistry, Minor in German

"I am so happy I decided to study German at Northwestern because of the wide variety of classes I was able to take. The classes challenged me, but I still felt very much supported by all my professors...Germany has such a thriving community of science and technology, so I hope to be able to partner with scientists in Germany, and hopefully at some point even do research in Germany. "


John CarneyJohn Carney

WCAS: History/Math, Minor in German

"I studied in Freiburg during the winter and spring quarters of my Junior year. While I was there the German language took on a much deeper meaning for me as I not only found a new appreciation for the language itself as I was immersed in it, but it also has grown to be my connection to the friends."


Haidee Carrasco

Haidee Carrasco

WCAS: Sociology, Minor in Business German

"The department is extremely helpful in every aspect and classes ranged in a variety of interesting topics...My German business minor has definitely given me a different perspective; a more global viewpoint of the business world I did not have beforehand."


Chad Carter

Chad Carter

MUSIC: Music Performance and German

"Studying German at Northwestern ... not only improved my proficiency in the language but also gave me insight to the many different aspects and perspectives of German cultural identity, which is helpful in both areas of business and politics, in which one must understand the nuances of communication in a cultural context!"


Tony Chen

Tony Chen

WCAS: Economics,Minor in Busness German

"I first found passion for studying German from soccer - I have been a fan of the German National Team for 14 years! German classes are among the best experience that I have had at Northwestern. Every professor is extremely nice and good at teaching. We got to talk about a lot of interesting topics and learn a ton about Germany."


Sam Douglas

Sam Douglas

COMM: Theater and German

"My goal in studying Latin and beginning German was to become a world citizen, someone who could explore another way of living, thinking, and perceiving the world ... Studying German has broadened my compassion for others by confronting me with a culture frustratingly like my own and so compellingly different."


Zachary Elvove

Zachary Elvove

WCAS: History, American Studies and German

"The department made me feel welcome and cared about my time at Northwestern ... I spent the winter break of my junior year in Hamburg conducting a research project of my own design. I have found the quality of instruction and the breadth of course offerings to be poignant, valuable, and instructive."


Mary Felder

Mary Felder

WCAS: Political Science and German

"My German courses at Northwestern always challenged me, while allowing me to explore different aspects of German culture and history through film, literature and music. The professors, staff, and students in the German department are consistently warm, friendly, and encouraging."


Nick Geisendorfer

Nick Geisendorfer

MCCORMICK: Material Science, Minor in German

"I had taken German throughout high school (with a really good teacher!) and decided that continuing my study of German after arriving at Northwestern would be a nice way to provide balance with my engineering major...I decided to keep up with taking German and eventually decided it would be nice to minor because I realize how important international skills are in an increasingly globalized world! "


Max Kramer

Max Kramer

COMM: Theater and German

"My choice to double major in German might be the greatest choice I’ve ever made. The German professors are far and away my favorite professors I have had in my time here at Northwestern: They always made time for me, always were working on something interesting outside of school...!


Michael Levy

Michael Levy

WCAS: English and German

"I could not at all foresee how life-changing studying abroad in Munich would be. During my year there, I made use of the language skills that 2 years of studying German helped me to hone. I hope to make use of the language in my career, whether I end up working in finance, media, or communications."


Sam Madvig

Sam Madvig

WCAS: Economics and German

"I took German because I enjoyed learning a language that was more unique than most. I enjoyed learning it because it helped me think in a different way, while also learning about a different culture and way of life...the international lens the German Major gave me will be invaluable in the future as I continue to work in a company with offices around the world."


Peter Palecek

Peter Palecek

WCAS: Psychology/Economics, Minor in Business German

" I plan to use my German skills in my professional life as well as during vacation time - I love exploring German countryside and eating local food. I also have a lot of friends from Germany so I hope to keep honing my German skills even after graduation."


Katherine Rodzak

Katherine Rodzak

McCORMICK: Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Business German

"I hope to eventually work in Germany and I believe that pursuing a Business German Minor has set me up to be successful in doing so. I enjoyed all of the German classes that I took during my time at Northwestern, both on campus and during the Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe program, and greatly appreciate how they have improved my language skills."


Chuiu Tian

Chuyu Tian

WCAS: Philosophy/Economics, Minor in German

" I love all the course offerings here. The 101 courses are engaging and fun. The German history class I took in Berlin opened a new way of looking at a city and its architecture.The higher level classes, especially the German Aesthetics classes are the best classes I had at Northwestern. They fully satisfied my intellectual curiosity."


Dave Tyson

Dave Tyson

WCAS: Economics/International Studies, German Minor

"I was able to recognize the important role that German language and culture occupies in international commerce and politics. German is a critical language in the operations of the UN and European politics and has only grown in importance with the increasing volatility throughout Europe. To that end, working for a global governing body – such as the United Nations or the European Union – has always been a dream of mine and I hope to utilize my German education as a means to achieve those goals."


Gabe Wernick

Gabe Wernick

MUSIC: Voice and German

" I studied abroad in Germany, and soon after, it became my other major, supplementing my music degree. I study opera and love to sing German art songs from the 19th century, so German was the perfect choice for me."


Ken-Terika Zellner

KEN-TERIKA ZELLNER

WCAS: Philosophy/Legal Studies, German Minor

" I am from the very small town of Thomaston, GA. In high school, I was offered the choice of two languages, German and Spanish, and, because the German students knew more German than the Spanish students knew Spanish, I chose German. I decided to continue to pursue German while at Northwestern and found that it was a great resource for my philosophy studies. Currently, am looking for a short-term position in the Atlanta area, and I am planning to pursue a JD/PhD in a few years."