The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 8, 2013

MSU grad follows dreams to Germany


“They had to convince me,” she said. “I was extremely ecstatic.”

While Malecha was overseas, she lived with a host family and worked at both teaching and translating German. Besides working, Malecha also published articles in New Ulm’s newspaper. Malecha is no stranger to teaching, having taught French in Kosovo last year, but this was the first time she truly experienced the business side of German society.

“Being in the German business world, that’s really fun and exciting and challenging,” she said.

Besides taking advantage of daily working life in Germany, Malecha said her other goal was to form as many new relationships as possible.

“To me, that is the main reason why the Hans Joohs Program exists: to have a young person forge new ties and strengthen the existing ones between our two countries and cities,” she said.

Malecha left for Germany in early August and stayed until late October. And she has some words of advice for college students considering whether they should study another language:

“Go for it! Language is the key that unlocks lingual and cultural barriers and allows you to move about the world with deeper insight and ability to communicate with others who otherwise would not have understood you either.”

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