Prospective Students

Lilly Baumann

Lilly Baumann Year: Senior

Major: Double Major: Public Policy and German

How did you decide on your major?

I decided to major in German because of my family connection to both the country and its language. I am a first generation American who was born and raised in New Jersey, but all my relatives live in German speaking countries. I hoped my German major would not only aid my future career but strengthen the bond between me and my family overseas.

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

Studying German has given me an opportunity to not only refine my German language skills, but also to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and literature. I love reading, discussing, and analyzing texts. In addition, the German department is very welcoming, personable, and my favorite department at Rutgers.

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

I have enjoyed every German course I have taken at Rutgers and I found my professors to be both engaging and kind. My favorite course was Slips, Jokes, and Dreams taught in German by Professor Levine.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

I’m pursuing a second major in Public Policy at the Bloustein School. I have always been interested in political processes and specifically law. My Public Policy major allows me to not only explore my political interests but prepares me for my future career plans in law.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

In addition to my courses, I have tutored English at the Plangere Writing Center and participated in the Language Mentoring program. I have tutored for 2 years and found the experience to be rewarding and fun.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan to attend a Law School in the tri-state area and pursue a career in law. In the future I hope to work for a German company or institution.


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