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Profiles: Bradley Wadle
Name Bradley Wadle
College Northwestern University
Degree B.S. in Theatre, M.S. in Education: Secondary Teaching - German
Current job title Assistant Director, Master of Science in Education Program
Employer Northwestern University
Location Evanston, IL

Why did you first start learning German?
Family connections: My grandmother grew up in Germany, and my grandfather grew up in a heavily German community in New Jersey. They spoke German with each other and my father frequently.

What did you get out of your German studies?
I got a love of German language, culture, and history, several friends, and a love of travel. I spent a year as a Fulbright Fremdsprachenassistent in Landau i.d. Pfalz, which is one of the most rewarding times of my life.

What influence did German have on your career choices?
My first job out of college was working for Swissair, a job I chose because of the opportunity to speak German and for the travel benefits. Eventually I went back to school to become a German teacher, and taught high school in the western suburbs for a few years before coming back to Northwestern to work for the teacher preparation program where I am now.

How do you use German today at home or in your work?
I try to visit events held by Northwestern's German department as often as I can. I also buy German magazines from a local news stand (GEO Epoche is one of my favorites) and read the Tagesschau online.


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