Mark van Kerkhoven

Mark van Kerkhoven

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I honestly do not think I could have become the person I am today without studying German and having had the opportunities available at Canisius. Studying German there has made me an incredibly well rounded and globally aware individual, but more importantly, someone aware of his own strengths, weaknesses and how to overcome any problem he will ever encounter. Besides this, there are two things that I greatly enjoyed from my studies of German. First, the professor and the courses were always exceptional. Dr. Böhm truly cares about each of his students, and often will go (very far) out of his way to help them. The courses he taught consistently challenged me to further my German communication skills and always broadened my knowledge of the world. I also assisted Dr. Böhm in making a completely new course, Culture and History of the Weimar Republic, which helped me focus my own interests and thus made German even more relevant to me. Second, the German program has a close-knit community that enhances a superb academic experience with a social realm to apply it. At any given moment, one can find the German Majors constantly assisting one another on a difficult topic or even just discussing not only German, but also history, politics, philosophy and much more. The official community of the German program is the National German Honor Society, which has created relevant connections between my life and German language, culture, and history. For example, I took part in a trip to New York City with the National German Honor Society where I met many important individuals in the German-American community on the East Coast. I also personally met individuals in the German-American Chamber of Commerce, the German Consulate in New York City, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Overall, for the amount of work I put into learning German at Canisius, I can immediately see the benefits now and will continue to see them very far into the future."