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Profiles: John Sainz
Name John Sainz
College Aquinas College
Degree B.A. English Literature; Writing, and Journalism
Current job title Multimedia Specialist
Employer Staybridge Suites
Location Grand Rapids, MI

Why did you first start learning German?
I took my first German course in college after four years learning Spanish in high school and it helped me tremendously in some of my advanced English courses studying the etymology of "mich," of the English language, and what influenced it.

What did you get out of your German studies?
I gained numerous friendships, a rich understanding of beautiful German culture, and an absolutely irreplacable relationship/experience with my incredible professor, Frau Gröss.

What influence did German have on your career choices?
A lot! My experience with German truly made me realize that I was passionate about a career that works with international entities.

How do you use German today at home or in your work?
I’m not fluent by any means, but just yesterday I had a guest from Germany come to check in at my hotel, and my German skills helped me explain everything from explaining our rates, checkout date, dinners, and his room number.

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