Undergraduate students in German have pursued advanced degrees in numerous areas and gone on to a wide variety of careers, including medicine, the foreign service, and doctoral programs in German and philosophy.
Hannah Froehle, ’13, International Studies, German Language & Literature, and Economics
Before beginning her undergraduate studies at Hopkins, Hannah took a year off to travel to Germany with the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. During this “gap year” Hannah attended a Gymnasium in northern Germany and lived with a host family. Upon arriving at Hopkins, Hannah continued studying German and decided to pursue the major. Hannah received a DAAD grant to participate in the BCGS Program in Berlin her junior year, where she had the time of her life and fell in love with the city. In her senior year, Hannah wrote her honors thesis, “Digging Beneath the Rubble: Ernst Jünger’s Kriegsmythos,” building on research begun the previous year in Berlin. Hannah also received a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award to present her work at the German Undergraduate Research Conference at Illinois-Wesleyan University. After graduating, Hannah returned to Germany with the help of a Max Kade grant, to travel through southern Germany working on various organic farms. She is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. Her senior thesis will be published this year in the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal of the University of California, Berkeley.
Cecilia Sebastian, ’13, Philosophy and German Language & Literature
Cecilia began her study of German in her freshman year at Hopkins and spent her junior year fully immersed at the BCGS Program in Berlin. While in Berlin, she also worked as a translator for the Berlin-based translation company Samson & Fritaud Text and began research for her honors thesis on feminine allegories in Nietzsche, under the supervision of Dr. Katrin Pahl in the German Department. She also received a summer travel grant from JHU’s Max Kade Center, which she used to further her thesis research. In her senior year, she attended the German Studies Undergraduate Conference, funded by DAAD, at Indiana University in Bloomington to present her work.
Cecilia will return to Germany upon graduation with a DAAD fellowship to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy.
Josephine Mintel, ’13 Neuroscience
Josey fell in love with German when she studied at the IES in Vienna during her junior year. She spent the following summer improving her German language skills in order to enroll in the Advanced German curriculum. In her final semester, she applied to the competitive ‘Congress-Bundestag-Young-Professionals’ Program (CBYX) and will spend the next year in Germany completing intensive language training, attending university courses in Neuroscience for one semester and subsequently embarking on a 5 month internship at an auditory neuroscience lab under Herr Doktor Professor Tobias Moser, studying pitch perception in marmosets through behavioral experiments.
Patrick Wildes, ’13 International Studies with a minor in German
Pat graduated Johns Hopkins with a major in International Studies and a minor in German and Entrepreneurship and Management. His background in German and International Studies has proven to be an invaluable asset in his chosen career. Pat works as an Analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he interacts on a daily basis with international clients and analysts. He would love to work and live one day in Germany.
Irene Ho, ’12 Molecular and Cellular Biology and German Language and Literature
Irene studied German in high school and when she came to Johns Hopkins her language skills were already quite advanced. The one thing she had not been able to do was go to Germany and, due to the research she was conducting in biology, she could not take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in her junior year. This changed when with the help of the engineering faculty she was able to enroll in May 2011 at the Technical University of Munich. During that time she also interned at the HelmholtzZentrum Munich, a world-renowned biomedical research institute. Irene is currently preparing to get an advanced degree in physical therapy. Her long-term goal is to return to Germany as a physical therapist with specialization in sports medicine.
Aliyah Sanders, ’11, Neuroscience with Minor in German Language & Literature
Upon graduation, Aliyah received a Fulbright fellowship to complete a Masters in Translational Medical Research at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Upon completion, she remained in Germany to work in a lab (and a chocolate shop!). Aliyah is now at Boston University where she began her medical studies in August 2013.
Michael Arnst, ’10, International Studies and German Language & Literature
Michael hails from Minnesota where he first studied German. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Hopkins, Michael spent a summer researching Thomas Mann in Germany and writing an honors thesis “Setting the Stage: Theatricality in Thomas Mann’s Early Novellas” while double majoring in IS, working on a number of additional languages (French, Kiswahili, Portuguese) and spending his junior year abroad in Botswana. After graduation, Michael worked in Washington, DC at the National Endowment for Democracy on the Africa desk and recently completed a year-long stay in South Africa as a Princeton in Africa Fellow at the non-profit Equal Education. Michael is featured by the University on their 95 Scenes of Gilman Hall: http://krieger.jhu.edu/gilman/81/
Miyako Hayakawa, ’09, German Language & Literature
Before beginning her studies at Hopkins, Miya spent a year at a German school immersed in the German language & culture. As a major in German, Miya wrote an honors thesis on the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in German Literature at Cornell University.
Katherine LeFevre, ’06, German Language & Literature & Premed
Katie, a native of Minnesota, was co-founder of the German Club while at Hopkins and spent a summer in Germany as an intern working at a school for developmentally challenged children and perfecting her German. After graduation, Katie studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and is currently in private practice.
Robert Freundlich,’06, German Language & Literature & Premed
Rob is from New Jersey. Together with his future wife, Katie LeFevre, Rob found the German Club and instituted the popular Stammtisch which continues today. Rob completed summer immersion study at Middlebury to advance his German studies while completing the major. After receiving his BA in German, Rob completed his MS in biotechnology at Hopkins and studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and is currently in private practice.