1. Could you shortly describe what you do at Deutsches Haus?
I am the Language Program Coordinator at Deutsches Haus and oversee all German classes.
2. What would you say makes Deutsches Haus special and extraordinary?
I think we are a unique and exceptional place. We have students of all ages from all over the world. That makes Deutsches Haus very special. In addition, the staff makes Deutsches Haus a great place to work. Form Germany to Austria, from Switzerland to Catalonia. We come from all walks of life and it is definitely never boring to work here.
3. What was your best experience at Deutsches Haus so far and why?
I would say my best experience was a student telling me how happy he is to be able to take German classes. He is 85 years old and is very determined to learn the language. He has been learning the German language for the past couple of years and he is doing pretty well so far.
4. What brought you to New York in the first place?
Traveling is my passion and I always wanted to come to NYC. I was an Au-pair in New Jersey and visited New York a few times. I decided to go to college and one day live and work in New York.
5. What do you miss most about Switzerland?
Chocolate and Cheese!
6. Do you have a favorite German or Swiss-German expression that you would like to share and could you explain what it means?
The Swiss put a “li” at the end of every word that means something small. I love that. Schätzeli, Büebli, Sünneli, (Darling, Boy, Sun) it makes the Swiss language a cute language.
7. What is your favorite spot in New York City and why?
There are so many great places. But, I love the Astoria Beer Garden in Queens and Cafetasia (Thai restaurant) around the corner.
8. What is your highlight of the week (or upcoming weeks)?
The summer tends to be a quieter time then other semesters. My highlight of the week will be catching up on emails that I have ‘neglected’ during the spring term.