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Annalise Robinson


Leland, MI
German Studies
Public Policy & Urban Affairs
Study Abroad:
Erlangen, Germany
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In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
German is engaging and practical and can help us unpack history and the world around us.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Before coming to K, I knew I wanted to study a foreign language. My first quarter of freshman year I decided to take German 101 and I’ve been hooked ever since! The professors are passionate about the language and committed to the work and progress of their students. The faculty has played a huge role in my academic and personal growth.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Ask questions in class, visit professors and TAs with concerns, and make sure you concentrate on grammar early on! Above all, keep studying even as it starts to get a bit challenging. It is so rewarding once you can hold interesting conversations and fully express yourself.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’ve always been interested in the history and politics of Europe, so I can always draw from previous topics in German classes to support my thoughts and provide additional sources.  Knowledge of the language and history also connects me with my family and friends outside of the U.S and helps me when I travel.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
To challenge yourself and explore something you might not feel totally comfortable with.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Intro to German Lit and Culture. This course encouraged me to use the language as a tool for understanding the embedded culture and rich history and boosted my confidence through effectively presenting my ideas and research in a different language for the first time.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is an extension of my research project in Erlangen, Germany, which evaluates the German Education System in relation to the integration of Refugees and Migrants.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Yet to be decided! If all goes well, I’d like to return to Germany to study and/or teach English and German.

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