"My topic choice for USP had been of great interest for me before I heard about the Scholars Program. I didn’t know how to start my research and then I spoke with a student who participated last year and she told me about USP. I then decided to apply so that I could have the opportunity to research as an undergraduate because I plan to continue my education as a graduate student. I hope to improve my writing ability and acquire valuable research skills. This coming year I will also be able to practice my target language as most of my sources are written in German. My most important goal is to achieve a better understanding of my research topic."
I am majoring in German; therefore I am very interested in the culture of German-speaking countries and furthering my knowledge and use of the German language. I am also interested in Germany’s history, especially how they are coming to terms with the past of the Holocaust and WWII. I am currently taking a course on 19th Century Germany so I plan to minor in History.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
During the summer, I help out in the kitchen at my friend’s church. Other volunteer work I have done include serving Thanksgiving dinner to the elderly and participating in Relay for Life.
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing the violin, music, friends, faily, and sports.
German Rap and Graffiti: Representations of Underground Cultures in Germany
Rap music and graffiti in Germany are two artistic expressions that have become increasingly visible since the “Wende”, the turning point where Germany reunified as a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and my research investigates how these subcultures influence the German people today. The concept of “Vergangenheitsbewältigung”, how Germany is coming to terms with its past (WWII and the Holocaust) plays a major role within the German community, whether it is spoken about publicly or in private. In present-day Germany, there exists freedom of expression, but some artistic forms of expression such as Rap are being perceived as promoting nationalistic ideas. The “Multikulti” (multiculturalism) aspect is also an important topic as Germany’s progression and rebuilding since WWII has been significantly affected by “Gastarbeiter” (guest workers). My project shows how both Rap and graffiti are being received by the German public, explores the various ways that they are utilized as forms of expression and uncovers the world of these trendsetting artistic styles that represent “the new faces of Germany” through individuals who have been influenced by the Vergangenheitsbewältigung and die Wende.