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Studying Latin in high school prompted Mitchell Pruett to study German when he got to KU. A marketing internship in Eutin, Germany, piqued his interest in global business.

 

“During my internship, I spoke almost exclusively German with my co-workers, who came from Germany, the Netherlands, France, and other European countries as well as from South Korea and several other places.”
After graduation in May 2015 with a double major in Psychology and German Studies, and a minor in Business, Mitchell headed to Madison, Wisconsin. He is now a project manager for Epic Systems, a software company with locations across the U.S., as well as parts of Europe, Asia and Australia.

“Learning new languages has increased my potential to work abroad or in American companies that do business abroad. I’m hoping that my experience learning the German language and culture will make me a viable candidate for working with European clients in the event that my company expands into German-speaking Europe.”

"My main piece of advice to new learners of German would be not to get frustrated if it doesn’t come naturally. German grammar can be a bit intense, so it takes some practice to get accustomed to, but patience and continued study can help to work out the kinks, and it’s incredibly satisfying to grasp a concept that you previously struggled with.”

 
 

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