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Alumni Spotlight: Maren

Published: May 7, 2020

We’re excited to enter our 60th summer of German language education, even though Waldsee will look a little different this summer! In honor of our 60th anniversary, get to know some long time members of the Waldsee community. This week, meet Maren! Maren first attended Waldsee in 2011 and has spent the majority of the last decade with us at Waldsee. They have participated in the program in very different ways, from earning high school credit as a four-week villager to being a familiar face preparing our amazing meals in die Küche (kitchen).

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How did you find out about Waldsee?

When I was very young, my elementary school took small groups to El Lago del Bosque (Spanish Language Village) academic weekend programs, and once I switched to learning German, I started coming to Waldsee during the summer!

What made you come back to Waldsee year after year?

Every year the people at Waldsee make me feel so completely at home. Sometimes, the real world is a stressful/tense place and Waldsee is such a great escape.

What did you look forward to the most each year?

Being able to connect with other people who are so excited about language, whether they are Betreuer (counselors) or villagers, continually brought me back, to the point where I spent an academic year working as a cook!

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What's something that's different now than your first year at Waldsee?

One of the things I dreamed of when I first came to Waldsee was becoming an LKT Lehrer (teacher for four-week high school credit villagers) and being a German Instructor outside of Waldsee as well. My life path has definitely shifted a ton since then, but my passion for German sure hasn't.

What's your favorite Waldsee Lied (song)?

Not sung very often but "Der Mond ist Aufgegangen," which I learned in my LKT (four-week high school credit) year.

Best snack at Cafe Einbeck?

Much love for the cakes, but Haribo Happy Cola has always been my go-to.

Sonst noch was? (Anything else?)

One thing that I think is important to mention is that I primarily worked in die Küche (the kitchen) instead of as a Betreuer (counselor). Finding your place at Waldsee might not be exactly where you first imagine it to be, but that doesn't mean it's any less valuable to the Waldsee culture. (Also, I plan on eventually returning to Waldsee, but sometimes life gets in the way!)

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Waldsee is planning to offer both virtual and on-site programming in Summer 2020. Keep up-to-date about our offerings for this summer on the Concordia Language Villages main page.

Have you spent nearly a decade or more at Waldsee over the last 60 years? We would love to hear from you for a future blog post! Please fill out this form here if you are interested.

Additionally, we are collecting and digitizing photos from alumni in honor of our 60th anniversary this summer. If you have any photos you would like to share (particularly from the 80s and 90s), please send them to betreuerschaft@gmail.com.