German

Katherine Suzanne Krauss

Class of

2015

My hometown is

Jackson, Mich.

My major(s):

Mathematics, Secondary Education

My minor(s)

German

I'm involved in:

Alma College Chapel, German Club, Education Club, Math Club, Bible Studies

After I graduate I plan to

obtain a teaching position at the high school level. 

My favorite place on campus is

my dorm room.

Some of my favorite professors include

Prof. Sipka

So far, my favorite class(es) has/have been

I’ve had so many wonderful classes at Alma, that it’s hard to choose just one. One of my favorite classes, however, is GRM 350: Postwar German Short Stories. It was a very challenging course, but it was interesting as well. I particularly enjoyed having a professor, Dr. Ute Stargardt, who had lived through many of the time periods described in the pieces we read and was able to provide a unique perspective into the era.

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

One of the best opportunities I have had as an Alma student was the opportunity to study abroad the summer after my sophomore year. It can be quite difficult for education majors to fit in a study abroad, so I was pleased to be able to spend two months in Germany studying the language and connecting with people from all over Europe.

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

take advantage of all of the opportunities to study abroad. Language programs, P-Global grants, travel spring terms: they all offer great opportunities to get out of the Alma “bubble” and experience life in another culture. 

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

take the chance to talk with a professor or visit with a student in the major you’re interested in. 

What I like most about studying at Alma is

the community. From fellow students to the faculty, everyone at Alma cares. It is a supportive community that cannot be found on many other college campuses. 

My favorite part about living on campus is

You’re never more than five minutes away from anything: class, an event, or food.

I went to

Europa Kolleg: Kassel, Germany, in Summer 2013 for 7 weeks. It was an amazing experience living with a host family while studying German. It was also a unique experience being, not only the only American, but the only English speaker in my program. It challenged me to really use and practice my language skills.