Hallo! My name is Angus, and I’m currently completing an Honours English Lit. major, with a minor in German. Despite not having much of a proficiency for the study of languages, the German courses I have taken through CENES have been some of the most enjoyable of my degree. Moreover, I have been able to add a second language to my repertoire. As a literature student, of course, this means one thing: more books! Between a trip to Berlin, a literature course (German 406), and a bank-breaking discovery of Amazon.de, I’ve acquired my own personal German book collection. On a certain level, learning German has also felt a bit like collecting books to me. While courses in other departments have been informative and delightful in their own ways, my German courses have given me a truly measurable sense of accomplishment. Over the past two years, I have built up a collection of verbs, nouns, adjective, and grammatical structures. At times, using these words has felt like “Unpacking My Library”—to quote Walter Benjamin—with each word holding a specific memory. Thanks to CENES, all of these memories are good! Tschüss!
Jensen Scheuer (Medieval Studies Major, German Minor)
My name is Jensen and I was raised in Richmond, B.C. I am currently majoring in Medieval Studies with a minor in German, and am serving as one of the two Undergraduate Representatives for the German department.
My passion for German was ignited here by Florian Faller and my skills were further honed by Gela Struch. I have completed two full years of German language courses at UBC; this allowed me to participate in the Go Global trip to Berlin in the summer of 2013, where I studied German literature and culture for ten weeks at the Freie Universität Berlin.
I work at a winemaking store with a number of German-speaking customers, and it is always nice to make them feel special by speaking their language. Having knowledge in German is also a great help to me while learning Old English, a very related Germanic language. Upon graduation I hope to peruse a doctorate in Europe, where I am sure that German will come in handy once more.
Kalie Stieda (German Honours Major)
I often get asked about why I’ve chosen to major in German, but for me it was a decision I never second-guessed. I chose German because I was interested in learning the language, but that interest quickly grew into a passion for German culture, history, literature and art. Of course, after I realized my great enthusiasm for German there was one thing I simply had to do: Go on a year-long exchange to Berlin.
I spent all of last year studying at Humboldt Universität in Berlin, which was a truly unforgettable, life-altering experience. At the end of 11 months, I left Berlin with a high level of German comprehension, close friendships with people from all over the world, an abundance of concerts attended and abandoned buildings snuck into, but ultimately with a burning desire to get back to UBC and begin putting everything I had learned in Berlin into practice.
The German Honours program at UBC has thus far provided me with a flexible and supportive environment where I am encouraged to pursue exactly what I am interested in. The CENES department is full of extremely talented professors and grad students, who are not only always willing to impart their wisdom, but also very kind and welcoming when doing so. I’m very excited about the work I am starting and look forward to getting to know more of the brilliant people within this department.