News from our Graduate Students: Martina Sijakovic

Submitted by Michael Neininger on
Cherry blossoms on campus

Hi there! I’m Martina, the current DAAD-Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington. I arrived in Seattle in September 2022 and was supposed to stay until June of this year. However, I’ve had such great experiences and decided to apply for the German MA Pedagogy and Culture and stay another year. As a native German speaker, it is great to see that so many learners from different backgrounds are interested in German. Therefore, teaching German classes to beginners has been a lot of fun. I hope, learning not only the language but also about aspects of German cultures will encourage students to participate in an exchange program for a German-speaking country, too.

A personal highlight is experiencing the spring in Seattle – especially the cherry blossoms here on campus! When the weather is nice, students, bridal couples, and families come to the Quad to enjoy the beautiful cherry tree blossoms. The nature in and around Seattle is so wonderful, and I can’t wait to explore more in the coming months.