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Melissa (MJ) Durkee
November 14, 2017
MJ Durkee, Associate Professor of Law: German is a key language   In this part of the series on Languages Matter: Why we learn German, we are featuring Melissa (MJ) Durkee, Associate Professor in... Read more
Languages Matter: Cameron Vohr
November 2, 2017
I began studying German in the third year of my bachelor's degree in preparation for applying to master's programs in Germany. Now in my first semester as a master's student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, I'm grateful to receive a world-class education free of tuition fees. Aside from practical considerations, I believe the value of learning any language reveals itself in the imprecision of translation. Does the German word lebensbejahend really just mean "... Read more
Hayley McCord
September 25, 2017
Hayley will spend 2017-2018 studying at the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik in Hamburg, Germany. She writes:   Moin Moin! I am currently based in Hamburg, Germany and I have accepted an offer from the IFSH - the Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik (the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy) at the University of Hamburg. I am one of twenty-five international graduate students studying nuclear disarmament and arms control, counter-... Read more
Siam (Thai) Rojanasthien
August 9, 2017
I will be attending the Mannheim Business School's Full-Time MBA Program in September 2017 to earn my master's degree. I'm excited to return to Europe for the first time since completing my study abroad (Spring in Vienna 2011) to further my education while utilizing and building upon my German language and cultural knowledge. I look forward to the career opportunities that may be available in Germany to help make my dream of living there full-time a reality. Thanks to the UW Germanics... Read more
Graduating Class 0f 2016-2017
June 8, 2017
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2016-2017! We were pleased that so many were able to join us for our convocation on June 10th to honor the academic achievements of our incredible students. We wish everyone the best of luck in the journey ahead!   Bachelor of Arts - Germanics  Addison Combs   Sarah Dietderich Madeline Grossblatt Dylan Hundley *  Hayley McCord Trang Ngoc Thuy Nguyen William Packard Erika Pelayo Esther Purcell... Read more
tOMMY bELL
June 1, 2017
My One-Year as a Preschool Teacher   While writing my dissertation, I would have never imagined working as a preschool teacher; but, that has, indeed, turned out to be the case, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The experience has been invaluable, as I have developed an array of skills necessary for success in life – principally, the attributes of patience and flexibility! I have also gained a more thorough understanding of how people think, act, respond to others, resolve... Read more
Language Major
April 17, 2017
Curious about what former UW Language majors are doing in their careers?  Come listen, ask questions and get ideas! When: Thursday, May 18th, 5.30-7.30 PM Where: DEN 213 Food: Light antipasti will be served   Darren Langston (Germanics, BA 2016, now at Amazon) will be among the panelists. .   Hosted by Classics, French & Italian Studies, Germanics, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Slavic Languages   Questions? Contact Sabrina Tatta at... Read more
Ana Knauf
March 10, 2017
Ana Sofia here. I graduated with a Germanics minor and Journalism major in 2013.  Since graduating, I have written for a number of local news publications, including The Seattle Globalist, Grist, and Crosscut. In March 2016, I began working full-time at The Stranger, a local alt-weekly newspaper. At the paper, I cover issues in Seattle's neighborhoods, civil rights issues, and culture. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use my three years of German all that much... Read more
Darren Langston
March 7, 2017
We are very happy to announce another enjoyable “mentoring lunch” with a Germanics alum and current majors. On February 13, 2017, Darren Langston (class of 2016) joined three students to chat over curry at Shalimar’s on the Ave. Darren currently works for Amazon as a German Speaking Risk Buyer Investigation Specialist. He is excited about being able to use German on a daily basis in his job, and is very pleased with his prospects to advance his career at Amazon. You can read more about Darren’s... Read more
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