Prospective Students

Sam Sobel

Sam SobelGraduation Year: 2021

Major: English

Minor: German, Linguistics, and Creative Writing

How did you decide on your minor?

I came into Rutgers with a deep passion for the German language, and wanted to continue my studies of it. My language classes were very intimate and a lot of fun, which eventually led me to explore German literature classes offered by the department. From there it’s history!

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

The German department is heavily engaged with its students, to the degree that sometimes classes will have projects that are presented to them. Besides the department's dedication to its students, I also love the wide range of interests regarding all of German culture. Some of my classes have had German literature, cinema, and history all wrapped up in one.

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your minor?

My favorite classes have been with Professor Nicola Behrmann, specifically the wide range of German literature/art classes she teaches. Her “Tales of Horror” class opened up my eyes to the artistry of scary books/movies, while her class on the “Avant Garde” sharpened my analytical skills using work ranging from Hugo Ball’s “Karawane” to Patti Smith’s “Horses”.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your minor?

One of my favorite events that goes on at Rutgers is the “Writers at Rutgers Reading Series” which features a wide range of authors/poets who host a Q/A workshop with a reading of their work afterwards. It is a lot of fun to go and have questions answered directly by professionals working in the creative field.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

Some of my other Rutgers activities are involvement in different theater groups here, as well as participating in the Rutgers Glee Club, which is the oldest student run organization on campus!

What are your plans following graduation?

My plans following graduation are to pursue an MFA in creative writing while working as an editor or publisher at a literary magazine.


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