Alumni Spotlights

Andy Stein

What do you do with a degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures? Andy Stein, who graduated with a degree in German in 2010, took his with him to law school.

Andy Stein

Now a practicing attorney, Andy can testify that his German studies prepared him for his career. “As an attorney, I call upon my ability to accurately analyze rapidly developing issues,” he said. “I attribute much of this analytical disposition to my study of German. From learning grammar to immersing yourself in completely new perceptions of the world, you will hone a keen ability to assess problems and systematically arrive at logical conclusions. Such cognitive abilities will propel you to success in any profession.”

Andy didn’t pressure himself into choosing a major right away, and he has no objections to the way everything worked out. “The plan from the get-go was to take general education classes and see which caught my fancy,” he said. Making friends with a German foreign exchange student in high school piqued his interest in learning German, so he enrolled in German 104 to fulfill KU’s foreign language requirement. He credits James Landes’ German 108 class for pushing him in the right direction. “He encouraged me to go to Eutin (in Germany) for the summer, which I did,” Andy said. “Upon my return my sophomore year, I promptly declared a German major and never looked back.” 

For Andy, studying German wasn’t just about learning a new language, but exploring a whole new world.

“In my classes, I had many opportunities to see how German culture bled into other areas of study, namely art exhibits at Spencer Museum, and linguistics,” he said. “These opportunities are what I relish most about my German education at KU. The breadth of knowledge and experience the faculty have, along with their willingness to share, is what really makes the program great. Although all the coursework falls under the umbrella of German, I studied culture, history, language and philosophy. That, to me, is the best thing about German at KU.”

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