Hometown: Hanover, Gerrmany
Languages: German, English
Hobbies: Writing songs and prose, hosting my radio shows at KPSU, going to concerts, playing and watching soccer, reading (mostly classical literature), outdoor trips
Biography: I was born and raised in Hanover, Germany. Once a kingdom, nowadays Hanover is the capital of Lower Saxony. The city is located in the Northern part of central Germany and its population is speaking a Low German dialect, the kind of German you would hear on the national news.
Hanover has the largest fairground in the world, where we hosted the Expo 2000. I was only 5 years of age at the time, but it was an exciting fair that had a great and lasting impact on the city’s infrastructure. In 2006, Hanover was one of the 12 German cities to host the soccer world cup. At that point, I was 11 years old and had a lot of fun following the tournament and seeing people from all over the world walking the streets of Hanover.
When I was 16, I spent one year as a high school exchange student in Pawleys Island, South Carolina – my first time leaving the European continent. Living with a host family in a foreign culture helped me see the world from a different perspective. It also opened my eyes for opportunities of going abroad. As part of my undergraduate program at the University of Hanover, I got to study for one semester at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. That experience encouraged me to apply for graduate school in the US, where I have been attending PSU since Fall 2018.
I am very excited to be part of the ICSP program, as it will get me involved in Portland's community and with the sharing of cultures.