Cynthia Ferguson, Class of 2014, History major and German minor
I transferred into Goucher in the fall of 2011 and I have really enjoyed my experience here. Particularly beneficial to me has been the small size of my history and German classes (my major and minor, respectively). I feel part of a community within these departments. I have known from the start that I wanted to combine my two interests, and the professors at Goucher make that possible by offering German history courses and German-language classes that emphasize important points in German history.
Naturally, I also wanted to experience modern day life in Germany, so in the spring of 2013, I studied abroad there through the Goucher-sponsored Antioch Education Abroad Program. I studied in Berlin and Tübingen, and had the opportunity to travel throughout the country, visiting Stuttgart, München and Frankfurt am Main. The most interesting outcome of my trip was discovering the diversity of culture within each of these places, down to the regionality of beer styles and dialects. I will also always remember the generosity and sincerity of the Germans I came to know in my time there.
I absolutely love studying German- it’s such a rich and beautiful language. Though it was challenging initially, the time I have invested in learning German was totally worth it. Incidentally, what you hear about immersion is true: it really is the fastest and most effective way to become fluent in a language. The time I spent in Germany brought me to the point of near-fluency relatively quickly, after having studied German for three years. In the future, I hope to use my German-language skills working in the archives field. I also plan on returning to visit Germany as soon as I can!