Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Kate Hartmann, CSB/SJU '05, tells about her wonderful experiences in Germany and Austria since graduation
Hi Father Mark!
I would love to tell you all a little about what I've been doing with this volunteer program. It is actually pretty amazing how this whole opportunity came about for me. I had been working in the corporate world in the legal department of a mortgage company since college, pining away for some amazing opportunity such as the one I am involved with now. Over this past summer, I did a lot of research on various programs combining the German language and education and kept coming back to the organization I am currently with, the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners. Knowing that the deadline for acceptance was almost over, I sent in my application to see if there were any openings for the coming volunteer year. The organization replied and said that they had just received an email that day that a position had just opened up at a Waldorf school in Hof, Germany, starting in about two weeks (the position was formerly filled by a volunteer who was not able to go at the last minute)! I was completely amazed as this was exactly what I wanted, and I knew that volunteer positions in schools are few and far between (at least with this organization). So, I quit my job, packed up my things, and two weeks later I was in Germany! It was amazing how everything worked out for me. So, with that, here is what I have for you as far as what I've been doing with this organization. Please feel free to edit as you see fit. Thanks and hope you are doing well!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
To give you a quick background, I was a 2005 Graduate of SJU with a Double Major in German & Psychology and I also took part in the SJU Salzburg program in 2003. I choose to be a German major at Saint Johns because it was something I truly enjoyed. However, I didn't think it would take me to where I am today. I learned quickly post-graduation that having language skills can lead you into amazing careers with international exposure. I have spent the last 4 years working and living in Germany as a Regional Manager for a Minnesota based medical company simply because I had experience as a German major and studying in Salzburg through Saint John's. In this time I have developed my German language skills beyond what I ever thought was possible. I have also been afforded the opportunity to travel throughout Western Europe and the rest of the world, because of my continuing exposure to International work experience.
To be living and working again in Germany and Austria after spending a semester there during my Junior year has been amazing. I return to Salzburg on a monthly basis for work and I am still able to meet with and catch up with old friends that I had met there in 2003. I would encourage everyone taking German courses to continue to pursue German as a major or 2nd major for the simple fact that it can only benefit you post-graduation. Having foreign language skills and international experience separates you from everyone else applying for jobs or graduate schools.