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Gretchen Diercks

Name: Gretchen Diercks
Major: German

Determining What’s Important

“I decided on a German major because it was something I enjoyed in high school. I have always wanted to become fluent in a foreign language. Choosing to major in German has helped me learn more about the language and the culture of the German-speaking countries.”

The Trip of a Lifetime

“My semester abroad in Salzburg helped shape me into the person I am today. I learned so much about other cultures, and I gained a new perspective of our U.S. culture. I learned to be flexible, independent and self confident. It was definitely the greatest experience of my life.”

Embracing Challenges

“Salzburg also provided my most challenging and invigorating academic experience. The classes and professors were very different from those I had on campus at CSB and SJU. It was also challenging to be immersed in a culture that spoke another language.”