The German Studies department has a number of student assistants and liaisons, as well as an array of language resources, to help students learning German. The German Language Floor Living-Learning Community has a live-in language assistant, usually a native speaker from Germany. Language assistants also lead in-class conversation sessions and are present at the weekly Language Table, which offers more opportunities to practice speaking German through lively discussions and dinner conversations.
Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the German Floor by contacting Residential Life.
The German Studies department faculty also nominate students who serve as liaisons to German students, the German Language Floor Living Learning Community, and German Club.
Roxy Blocksdorf ’22, Tutor
Hi, I'm Roxy! I'm a senior Politics Major and Spanish minor, focusing specifically on urban studies. I've lived in the US for 17 years now, and in Baltimore, Maryland, for the last 13, but I'm from the beautiful southwest of Germany. I spent some time there this summer with my family, eating lots of bread and wurst! As a tutor this semester, I'm happy to practice speaking and conversing, and hope to help people develop confidence in their conversational and written German. Outside of class, I love running, baking, and watching Nora Ephron movies.
Cayley Delancey ’22, Department Liaison
Grüße! My name is Cayley (she/her) and I'm a German Studies minor and Environmental Studies major in the class of 2022. Becoming a German Studies student at Mount Holyoke was one of the best choices I've made in college, so I'm really excited to be a liaison this year. During my time at Mount Holyoke, I've gotten to spend two summers in Germany (learning German at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg im Breisgau and a DAAD RISE internship in Göttingen), opportunities I wouldn't have dreamed of prior to starting my studies here. If you have any questions about the department, study abroad opportunities, or just want someone to go on a walk, hike, or bike ride with, please reach out to me at email@example.com!
Hannah Hierhoff ’25,Tutor
Hallo! My name is Hannah Heierhoff (she/her, Class of 2025). I will be working as a tutor in the German department this year and am excited to help people connect to Germany and the German language. I’m a German native speaker and have lived in Germany all my life. As a first-year having only just arrived in the US, I understand how difficult learning about a new country and culture can be. If you have any questions about Germany I’m happy to answer them. I hope to see you soon!
Anna Karapin Springorum ’23, Tutor
Hallo! I’m Anna Karapin-Springorum (she/her), class of 2023. I grew up speaking German at home, and lived and worked in Germany during my gap year. Now, I love getting to know everyone learning and speaking German at Mount Holyoke! I’m a German language tutor, and look forward to meeting you at the department’s German table or at a German club meeting!
Aya Schramm ’24, Tutor
Hey everybody! My name is Aya, and I'm part of the class of 2024. I'm a Studio Art major, and I'm originally from Stuttgart, Germany. A fun fact about me is that I've been a German tutor for over 5 years. I'm excited to work with you!
Beth Siegling ’23 (she/her), Language Assistant
Moin! My name is Beth Siegling (she/her, Class of 2023) and I am so excited to be working as the Language Assistant for the German Studies Department this year! I am a Theatre Arts/Gender Studies major and previously spent a year living in Germany. In my position as the German Studies Language Assistant, I teach weekly language labs, organize cultural events, and offer one-on-one language mentoring sessions for students who would appreciate extra assistance. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about the department or any other concerns. I look forward to speaking with you soon, bis bald!
Claire Wagner ’22, Department Assistant
Hello! My name is Claire and I am currently a senior double majoring in German Studies and International Relations, with a planned Nexus in Museums, Archives and Public History. I am the German department assistant and German Club treasurer. I work on the German Studies newsletter and can be reached in the German department office on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the late afternoon. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com if you have questions about the German club or information for the German Studies newsletter.