2016-17 UDRs

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Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

The German Studies Program Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) for 2016-2017 are listed below. We encourage you to reach out to them with any questions you may have about their experience as students in the program.

Emma Gutman '18
History/Anthropology/German Studies

Emma GutmanI am a junior from New York City. I am a double major in History and Anthropology with a minor in German Studies (and some serious considerations of bumping that minor up to a third major!) I will be studying abroad in Berlin during the spring semester and taking part in a summer internship there as well.

I began taking German in seventh grade. Above all other languages in my school system, the German department could give its students a genuine grasp of the language and culture. Brandeis' German Studies Program has a similar focus and is small enough that the professors really get to know you. I am also a history major because I love how history is like a story, can have more than one solution, and can inform us about the future. The study of languages only complements this interest, as it widens my understanding of the world. I wanted to become a UDR to step up my involvement in the German program, help improve the study of German, and increase the program's presence on campus.

Outside of academics, I am the Publicity Coordinator of Brandeis' Adagio Dance Company and secretary of the German Club. I also work at the SCC Box Office and as a Student Assistant for the Center for German and European Studies. Otherwise, you can probably catch me exploring Boston on the weekends and perusing the C-Store's Ben and Jerry's section.

Manas Maniar '19
Business/Economics/German Studies

Manas ManiarI am a sophomore from Mumbai, India and am planning to double major in Economics and Business along with a minor in German Studies. Apart from academics, I am a huge soccer fan and love watching movies (Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, etc.) and TV shows (mainly Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones).

I started learning German in ninth grade. Initially, I didn't think it would be such a huge part of my life, but I feel learning any language gives you much more knowledge of that culture. I think it is important to know multiple languages because that gives you a much wider perspective about the world. That being said, I want to help the Brandeis German Studies Program give their students this knowledge and perspective. Since it is a small program, the faculty really focus on each student and that's why I think it's a great opportunity for anyone who wants to try something new.

Though eventually I want to go into the Finance/Economics sector, I think the experience I've had with the German language and culture is going to last me a lifetime.