January 2, 2020
Hi there! My name’s Jaap, and I’m one of the Program Assistants at Deutsches Haus!
I’m a sophomore at NYU studying Film and TV Production, with a minor in math. I am Dutch-Chinese and moved around a lot growing up, so I’ll always feel very at home in any international community. In New York, I love to explore the parks and all other kinds of hidden gems the city has to offer partially to scout filming locations but also just because it’s the best getaway from all the other noise.
The past summer I hitchhiked across Europe with a friend, and going through Germany was without a doubt a highlight of the trip. We met so many extremely nice people on the road and, with the help of my friend and my own proficiency in Dutch, I was able to engage in conversation with them also. We had longer stays in Frankfurt and Nuremberg, and I just loved the experience. I’d been to Germany on holiday with my family before, and even though there was less time to go visit museums and such on this trip, it somehow felt more immersive. It was after that that I wanted to continue learning German.
I’m very happy to be a part of the Deutsches Haus family and hope to see you around sometime!