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Elizabeth Tyburski


Grosse Ile, MI
Spanish and Studio Art
Media Studies
Study Abroad:
Erlangen, Germany
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Fascinating language! Great study abroad opportunities! Awesome professors!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I knew I wanted to study foreign languages in my time at K, so I continued to take Spanish from high school, but I wanted to start a new language as well.  I took German 101 my first quarter at K, and was quickly drawn to the language on a linguistic level. However, what keeps me coming back to the German department is the professors:  they really are passionate about their subject and teaching.  Every German class I’ve taken from 101 to 470 has been interesting and challenging in its own way.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Go to as many events hosted by the German department as you can! It’s a great place to practice your speaking and listening skills, regardless of your language level!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I have a passion for language learning. Being a part of this department has allowed me to learn a new language with great courses, language labs run by native speakers, and an amazing study abroad program. In addition, I have an interest in foreign language education. Through the German department’s study abroad program in Erlangen, I was able to intern at a German secondary school as an English teaching assistant. It was a great opportunity!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Sometimes the best lessons you can learn are from people with different backgrounds than your own.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Business Statistics! I never took stats in high school, and I thought it would be a useful thing to know, so I took it my sophomore fall. I had a great professor for the course and I quickly fell in love with the subject. It’s a course I would recommend to anyone, regardless of major!

What is your SIP?
I am doing a photography focused SIP with the Studio Art department.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to return to Germany to teach English as a foreign language there. I would also like to teach in Chile or Argentina. After teaching abroad, I hope to teach English as a second language to immigrants in the United States.

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