Student Testimonials

Katelyn Paris

I started learning German when I was in high school. I had a really influential teacher who made learning incredibly fun. After two years of college, I chose German as my major because it challenged me in ways that I had never been challenged before. It isn’t easy learning a second language, but it is…

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Meagan Martin

Studying German has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, largely thanks to my time as a student of the inspiring professors of the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA. As a young opera singer, languages play an extremely prominent role in my profession, both for the repertoire itself and for communication with the multicultural…

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Marika Malinovska

I started studying German because of its large business opportunities. I study economics and German economy is fascinating because it has been through a lot of changes, hyperinflation, expansions and depressions, and still today is one of the strongest economies in the world. German classes not only teach the language, but also the German history…

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Kelsey Johnson

Having grown up in Germany until the age of 15, I learned German in the German school system and by speaking to friends. Since I was a fluent German speaker when I started at UCLA, the German Department allowed me to tailor my studies to my level of proficiency in the language. I placed out…

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Ian Floro

German for me has always been such an interesting language. My interest was piqued as a young child when my oldest brother (after whom I had always modeled my own identity) began learning it in high school. So when the opportunity to learn this mysterious and torturously beautiful language finally presented itself at my community…

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Ben Fisher

I began learning German at the age of 15. My grandfather had spoken German at home before the outbreak of World War II, and I wanted to explore my family’s heritage, which was at the time largely a mystery to me.  I had no idea then that studying German would change my life. Inspired by…

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Elisabeth Diaz

I have always had a passion for other cultures and languages. For me it is like discovering a whole new world, but I never thought I would end up majoring in German. I actually wanted to take French in high school, but it was full and since I already spoke Spanish I ended up taking…

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Suzanna Clark

I first started studying German in high school because I wanted to go to Europe on a German exchange. Eight years later, the language helps define who I am, and the people I’ve met have allowed me to travel the world. The German department at UCLA has been instrumental in expanding my language skills and…

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Gabrielle Scheder-Bieschin

I signed up for my first German class to better explore my German heritage, and it quickly became the best decision I made at UCLA. This is a department that is truly committed to its students and to teaching languages through a variety of topics – from business to linguistics to gender theory. There is…

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Ava Hoeller

The Germanic Languages Department provided me with an experience that I did not expect to get as a transfer student to a large university. I immediately felt at home thanks to the warm environment of this incredibly close knit and welcoming department. As a double major in German and Anthropology, I especially enjoyed taking German…

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