July 8, 2013
I am now a senior (can’t believe it!) majoring in psychology and I am preparing for application to medical school. This is now my third summer working at the Haus as a student worker and after taking a small break last semester, I am so ecstatic to be back! It might seem odd to many that I work at the Deutsches Haus, as I do not speak German, have never been to Germany, and do not have any heritage ties with any German speaking countries. I applied for the job because since the very first time I had been to the NYU Washington Square campus, I fell in love with the building. Upon learning more about what the Haus does for its community of students and artists once I started working here, I have grown to appreciate it even more. I am very thankful to Maria and the Cultural Program Director at the time (Daniela) for hiring me, for it has provided me with so many wonderful experiences that are unrelated to my hectic premed schedule and science-heavy obligations. My favorite part of working here has been the people: both the staff members as well as people from the community. I used to work on nights when a lot of events were held, and seeing people coming from all backgrounds, all different kinds of occupation, congregate here at this cultural hub is one of the most inspiring and exciting experience I have had in college. Whenever I come to the Haus, I feel instantaneously more calm and relaxed, and it is because of this change of pace that has lead the Haus to become one of my happy places.
I have lived in New York for 3 years now, and since a year ago I have lived off-campus in my own apartment in the Union Square area. What I love about New York the most is the open-mindedness that I see in almost everyone whom I encounter, that here you can learn anything from anyone, see people doing all kinds of weird stuff but not feel right about ridiculing them at all. I like that even though Manhattan has the reputation of having very tall buildings and very busy people, there are plenty of places to slow down and unwind. I love Central Park, the High Line (only at night!) and the South Street Seaport. Also, food here is incredible and you can sample cuisine from all over the world.
My favorite German place in NYC would be Rolf’s restaurant during the winter holidays - their decorations are amazing and festive and puts me in a good mood every time I walk by.
My favorite quote would be the quote that is currently being featured on our t-shirts! “The limits of my language are the limits of my world” said by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. It is very true that different languages lead you to think in a different manner (I am bi-linguistic myself) and open up different dimensions of cognition worthy of exploration.