The German program at Canisius College has been the single most positively influential experience of my undergraduate career. It exemplifies everything that a student could hope to have in his or her major, such as the flexibility of and input of students in the curriculum, the variety of courses, the many study tours and events throughout the year, and the camaraderie among the majors and alumni of the program.
In learning a foreign language, you learn not just the language itself. You also learn the culture behind the language, and you become able to gain knowledge of information outside the reach of a monoglot, knowledge that is intrinsically linked to the language and its culture. You develop a new way of viewing the world.
During my study abroad experience in the heart of Bavaria, I did just that. I learned a lot about Germany, her language, people, and culture; but I also met many people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, and made several lifelong friends. I never would have had all of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences or met all of these incredible people had it not been due to German at Canisius College. Viel Glück und Erfolg!