Rachel Weiss '17

Rachel Weiss, alumni profile, minor in German

Below, Rachel responds to a few questions about her experiences since graduating from St. Thomas.

What have you been doing since graduating from St. Thomas?

Since graduating St. Thomas in May, I have found a job at a public relations agency called Tunheim Partners. Recently, the agency agreed to let me work as a contractor so that I can travel around New Zealand and work with one of their partner companies.

Why did you decide to minor in German?

I chose to minor in German because I wanted to pursue international journalism and I saw the value of learning another language to help me succeed in that field.

How has knowing German benefited you personally and professionally?

Learning German has benefited me tremendously both personally and professionally. It has helped me personally build relationships and find commonalities while traveling around for work. It also makes me much more marketable to employers both in the states and internationally. As a public relations consultant, I use German to connect with German media and communicate with influencers my company wouldn’t have the ability to reach.

What advice would you give to incoming or current students who are considering majoring or minoring in German?

My advice to students is this: having the ability to write that you are bilingual on a resume can only benefit you and open doors to many possibilities that set you a part from your peers. I never thought I would be so passionate about learning a language.