Senior Profile: Lilian Merrill (German Studies ’19)

I began taking German courses my freshman year simply to maintain language skills acquired in high school, but I quickly found a home within the department. In the summer of 2017, I studied in Potsdam with Professor Burney, completing an independent research project and taking classes at the local university. As a German TA, I have planned my own lessons and become a more effective teacher. I’ve learned an incredible amount about the German language, culture and history over the past four years, become more confident and independent, and made lifelong friends. These skills and relationships will be indispensable to me as I continue on as a Fulbright scholar in Germany next year, and afterwards in my master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology. These achievements would not have been possible without the support of Professor Burney, Professor Gully and the rest of the German Studies Department

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