February 6, 2014
Hi, my name is Alyssa, I am originally from Princeton, NJ, and am currently a Junior at NYU! I am a Psychology major, minoring in German and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Although I have only been working here for about 5 months, it has already been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Deutsches Haus team!
Deutsches Haus caught my eye when I was still in high school visiting on an NYU campus tour. Its quaint location on Washington Mews and beautiful architecture intrigued me and I was looking forward to learn more about the language and cultural programs here!
German language and culture is very dear to me as my entire extended family lives in Hamburg, Germany. And although I was born in the United States, I grew up speaking German as my parents moved to America only ten years prior to my birth. Being a part of the Deutsches Haus community allows me to not only meet wonderful guest lecturers, musicians and scholars, but it also allows me to have the ability to thoroughly practice my German speaking skills twice a week! This has truly been beneficial to keeping my German fluency, which of course makes my Oma and Opa back in Hamburg very happy :)
I look forward to perhaps taking a year between my undergraduate and graduate studies to spend some time studying in Germany, and in the meantime learning more about German culture from behind the front desk here at Deutsches Haus!