Maura Wenk

 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

Studying German at Miami has opened up countless opportunities for me after graduation and shaped my aspirations for the future. I began my career at Miami University with no intention of earning a degree in German. However, I decided that I wanted to continue improving the basic German skills I'd gained in high school. Well, what began as one German class my freshman year, eventually turned into a summer German study abroad trip my sophomore year, which then turned into a German minor my junior year, which then turned into the German major that I earned alongside two other degrees my senior year. All of this was thanks to the encouraging faculty in the German department and the unforgettable experience I had studying abroad. The chance to immerse myself in the German language through a summer program and the encouraging voice of a professor challenging me to take my German skills to the next level, helped me reach my full potential and fostered my interest in working abroad. I'm now just completing a transformative year of teaching English in Austrian schools as a native speaker and have used my German to connect with new friends in the community of Hartberg, Steiermark! Who knows what opportunities abroad my German language will bring next?