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Lizzie Kinney

Hometown: Greenland, NH
Major: Psychology
Minors: German and Music
Study Abroad: Bonn, Germany (Long-Term)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked
Best Adjective to Describe You: Easygoing

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
German is relevant and the language is fun to learn!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I started taking German because I have family in Germany and was always envious of their bilingualism.  I enjoy the perpetual logic of the German language, for example, “das Flugzeug” is the German word for airplane, but directly translates as “flying thing.”  Same goes for “das Zahnfleisch” meaning “gums,” with a direct translation of “tooth flesh.”  Languages intrigue me, and after having studied French for five years and a bit of Spanish, I was ready for something new! I love comparing the languages.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Whether you’re really interested in German or are just looking to get that language requirement taken care of, German courses are a great way to go.  German 101 & 102 are especially fun.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
One of my possible career ideas is to go into Speech Pathology or a related field.  Knowing the German language is especially helpful because it is similar to English in a lot of ways (both are Germanic languages).  And, although I didn’t take German for this reason, if you’re interested in government or politics, planning to study abroad in Bonn is great because it is a very international city and you can participate in BIMUN (Bonn International Model United Nations), with meetings that are held in the former West Germany capitol building!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned how to live independently.  Coming from NH, I was the kid growing up who was always homesick.  It took a while, but I’ve finally put down some roots in Kalamazoo, made some great friends, and I know that I am fully capable of achieving my dreams.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K is a tie between Psychology of Music and German 101 (& 102, for that matter).  These classes all had a very hands-on approach, which is how I learn best.

What is your SIP?
It is not finalized yet, but I’m thinking I’ll be working in Dr. Hostetter’s lab (in the psych department) exploring gestures.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I’d like to take a year off and get some more work/internship experience and further explore my career interests.  I’d like to go into Speech Pathology, Early Childhood Education, or (and now for something completely different) become a Physician Assistant.  Clearly, I need to do some more soul searching to really know!

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