Nicole Smith

 John Meyer with John Jeep and with the Flag of Kazakhstan  John Meyer with John Jeep and with the Flag of Kazakhstan
Students in Dessau at the Town Hall Students in Dessau at the Town Hall
Chinese Students in Uptown Oxford Chinese Students in Uptown Oxford
 Kazuhiko Komatsu and Noriko Reider  Kazuhiko Komatsu and Noriko Reider
 Mila Ganeva and Graham von Carlowitz  Mila Ganeva and Graham von Carlowitz
Japanese Tea Ceremony Japanese Tea Ceremony
 German Faculty in Heidelberg  German Faculty in Heidelberg
 Dr. Jeeps's Linguistics Class  Dr. Jeeps's Linguistics Class
Mila Ganeva and Ben Sutcliffe at a Conference Mila Ganeva and Ben Sutcliffe at a Conference
 Ben Sutcliffe  Ben Sutcliffe
 Liang Shi and Haosheng Yang Give Out Awards  Liang Shi and Haosheng Yang Give Out Awards
Nicole Smith

Majors: International Studies & Psychology
Minor: German

People always seem to ask “why German?” where, I suspect, they would not ask the same question of a Spanish or Chinese language student. There are many answers to that question. A personal love of language, German’s common linguistically heritage with English, and German’s compelling and sometimes dark literature are just a few. For me I started German in high school because I was already taking Spanish and my father would not allow me to take French. I knew I wanted to add another language course and German was the only other option. I defaulted into taking German, and I’m forever grateful that I did.

My Germanic studies have made me the person that I am today. There are so many passionate people who teach German and so many opportunities that surface through the study of language. My current career path seems far removed from German, but I know that if I had not completed a German minor I would not be where I am. At Miami University I was able to study abroad in the Intensive German Summer program where I lived in multiple German homes, traveled across the country, and got to know some of my favorite Miamians. That experience led me to the Fulbright program where I received an English Teaching Assistant grant and lived in Germany for a year after graduation. The Fulbright enabled me to further explore Europe and gain a better understanding of culture and pedagogy. I’m now in law school and while I might not have t­o use my German skills anytime soon, those skills definitely opened doors that led me here.