Why I Majored in German Studies

Emma Paulini ’21

As a recipient of the German Department’s Sheirich scholarship, I was able to travel to Germany’s North Sea during the summer to conduct an independent project combining my love for German as well as biology. I worked together with nature conservationists and other young people on the island of Wangerooge to help foster the native flora and fauna, cultivate small freshwater biotopes and learn more about this unique world heritage site.

I love studying German and its capacity to reveal new pathways to learn about the past and present, express myself, and consider ideas from unique vantage points. My studies in German have enhanced my growth to become a more creative, effective thinker, discover exciting opportunities to engage with others, and approach the world in unexpected ways.