Lindsay Janice named DAAD Young Ambassador

July 18, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union senior Lindsay Janice, a German and International Studies major and Japanese minor of Aurora, OH, has been selected by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as one of 30 DAAD Young Ambassadors to promote study and research in Germany.

The DAAD Young Ambassadors Program is a unique and exciting two-semester volunteer opportunity for undergraduate students to promote study and research abroad in Germany at their home universities and colleges.

To be eligible, the student must have studied recently in Germany and possess the knowledge and skills necessary to speak to various constituent groups about the study abroad experience. The DAAD is a highly respected organization which funds a considerable number of research stipends, especially in the STEM fields, for Americans to study in Germany.

With a clear passion for international studies, it is no surprise that she is the first student from Mount Union to receive this award. Her dream of learning a foreign language began long before she first stepped on campus at Mount Union, but it has since become a reality beyond anything she could have imagined.

Growing up, Janice listened to her mother and grandmother, both native Germans, speak in their first language. This is what sparked her desire to learn another language.

“Through school I have been able to accomplish that dream, but soon I realized that I wanted to learn more than one language,” she said. “The foreign language program at Mount Union is helping me reach my goal of learning multiple languages. My major in German and my minor in Japanese are a large example of that. I will be taking elementary Spanish classes this year, which will add even more to my experience.”

With Mount Union’s foreign language program, Janice was able to study abroad in Germany.

“As cliché as it sounds, my study abroad experience in Germany has truly changed my life,” she said. “I experienced things that I never would have been able to experience in America, made unforgettable memories and friends and acquired the skills of adaptability and independence.”

Volunteering as a DAAD Young Ambassador is the next step in Janice’s journey. She will travel to New York City in August to attend a three-day training workshop. The program will help the Young Ambassadors acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote study and research in Germany on their campuses, learn about the German higher education system and learn more about DAAD funding opportunities. During the academic year, Janice will work with the Center for Global Education and volunteer at study abroad affairs, organize events and help plan miscellaneous sessions on campus.

“I am very excited to do this,” she said. “My studies, involvement on campus and influence from my family have helped fuel my passion. I love talking about Germany and sharing my knowledge with others. I believe that this position will allow me to do more of that. I also believe that the experience I obtain through this program, along with the contacts and network I will develop, will help me pursue a career within my field of interest.

Still unsure of a future career plan, Janice wants to learn as much as she can while opening as many doors as possible. There are many universities around the world that are affiliated with DAAD and possess programs of German and European studies.

“I have researched a number of these centers to learn more about graduate programs, and while I have not decided whether or not I will go on to attend graduate school, I know that there are a number of great options that I can choose from,” Janice said. “I am still trying to decide what I want to do as a future career. I do know that I want to learn as many languages as I can (right now there's a long list), and use them as well as my other skills to converse with people to help them and discuss foreign affairs.”

More information is available on the DAAD website at https://www.daad.org/

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