Alum expresses gratitude to the German Program at the U of A

Learning a second language can be difficult for some, but according to alum Sean Salazar, the faculty of the German program made his experience enjoyable and gratifying.

Although Salazar majored in engineering during his time at the University of Arkansas, he also took a few German courses and was able to study abroad.

“I had the opportunity to study abroad through the DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Germany program,” he said.

“I was able to practice my conversational as well as technical language skills during this time.”

Salazar spent most of his early formative years in Germany, where he grew up bilingually. The fact that the U of A offered German courses was one of the reasons that he decided to attend the University.

“I very much enjoyed my German courses at the University of Arkansas,” he said.

“Drs. Condray and Hoyer offered plenty of guidance and tremendously interesting courses.”

In addition to several undergraduate German courses that aptly prepared him for the Goethe Institut examination, Salazar especially enjoyed the various graduate-level literature courses.

After graduating, he utilized his language skills with other German speakers in the workplace as well as on visits to Germany.

Salazar continues to incorporate the German language and German culture into his daily life.