German

Scott Robert Casey

My hometown when I was a student was

Trenton, Mich.

I graduated in

2009

I studied

German major and English minor

I currently live in

Woodhaven, Mich.

I am now

a middle school German teacher

Since graduating from Alma

In 2011, I accepted a full scholarship to attend Michigan State University to pursue my MA in German Studies. I have since completed my master’s studies with a focus on linguistics and currently work as a middle school German teacher in Wayne County.

My Alma education

In addition to the quality education I received at Alma, what stands out to me is the success I’ve had through the connections and communication I’ve maintained with faculty, staff and students after graduation. It was through the counsel of the education and languages staff, particularly Dr. Mark Seals and Dr. Holly Liu, who opened me up to the idea of graduate study and led me to life-changing opportunities in higher education. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Saga, McIntyre Mall and Gelston Hall

My favorite professors(s) included

In no particular order: Mark Seals, Joanne Gilbert, Holly Liu, John Arnold, Dana Aspinall, Chih-Ping Chen, Mary Wendt & Peggy Thelen

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

In Spring Term 2006, I had the opportunity to portray the life of a Holocaust survivor on stage with an excellent cast with direction and script by Dr. Joanne Gilbert. My most vivid memory involved having the opportunity to meet - and learn so much - from Holocaust survivors through that entire month. Getting a congratulatory handshake on my performance from the survivor I portrayed, the late Saul Raimi, humbled me incredibly. It ensured me, too, that Alma College would continue to offer unique and intriguing experiences along the way.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

During my time at Alma College, I participated in a travel program that was unique for Alma College at the time. I spent two months in Bavaria in the summer of 2008 and took part in university classes at the University of Erlangen. As part of the summer abroad, I went to Berlin afterward and took an intensive language course at the Goethe Institut. During that time, I also worked on an essay about the “Entartete Kunst” exhibitions throughout World War II-era Germany.

The time in Germany became a critical part of my understanding of German language and culture; only through complete immersion can one reap the benefits of language mastery, and the summer I spent in Germany brought me to a level of unprecedented fluency in German. I obtained the Goethe C-1 certificate!