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Hafsa Shakir

May 23, 2016
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Year: Junior

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Why did you choose to major or minor in German, Scandinavian and Dutch?

I took German all four years of high school, including the College in the Schools (CIS) German program during the last two years. I liked German a lot and I was really good at it. So I thought, why not continue learning German through college? At that time I didn’t have other academic interests, so I decided to major in German. I was awarded the CIS German scholarship in my senior year, which worked out perfectly. Learning German piqued my interest in Germanic languages, which is why I’m also minoring in Swedish.

What has been your favorite part of your experience in the department?

I like that GSD is a relatively small department so you end up in the same classes with the same people. It gives a sense of community, which is great to have on such a big campus.

Are you pursuing any minors, internships or fields of interest outside your GSD major?

Right now I’m not officially declared in any other majors or minors but I’ve been taking courses in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and might go for a minor in that. I like languages and also learning about language processes in general, like how it works and how we use it. I’m still looking into careers, hopefully in a country where German or Swedish is spoken.

What GSD courses would you recommend for majors? For non-majors who want to take a GSD course?

To both majors and non-majors, I would absolutely recommend Swedish. It’s a pretty straightforward language and a lot of fun to learn. If you know Swedish, you can also start to understand the other Nordic Germanic languages. But if you’re looking for less of a commitment, I’d suggest Scandinavian Folklore. In the course you read a lot of short and interesting stories.

When you are not in class, where can you usually be found on campus?

If I’m not working at the bookstore, I’m always in Folwell. It’s a nice place to study or just hang out in between classes. I like hearing all the different languages being spoken there.