In addition to becoming fluent in another language, learning German taught me to think, write, and speak more creatively and articulately. I have been able to discover and to go to more places, both literally and metaphorically, because I studied German at Bowdoin. I feel more enlightened and intellectually capable because of the skills, knowledge, and love of learning that the German Department helped me to discover, develop, and deepen during my four years at the College.
One pleasantly surprising practical way German has benefited me recently is that my knowledge of the language has helped me to communicate and to connect with Kosovars when I cannot do so in English or Albanian. A considerable number of Kosovars speak German because they have lived and worked in German-speaking countries before.