Thomas Bettge ’13 Senior Profile: German Studies

bettgeI was born and have lived my entire life in Fairfax, and developed an interest in German Studies when I began reading German novels during my last year of high school. During my junior year I was privileged to be able to study at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and explore the Westphalian countryside. Some particular interests, which I have encountered in my course work and in my own reading, include the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, on whose conceptions of truth I am currently writing an honors thesis, the juristic thought of Carl Schmitt, the prose of Franz Kafka and of Heinrich von Kleist, as well as the films of Werner Herzog. After graduation I plan to pursue a Master’s of Education with the aim of teaching high school English.

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