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Profiles: Sophia Cheng
Name Sophia Katherine Cheng
College Michigan State University
Degree B.A. German
Current job title Financial Accountant
Employer SPECS Surface Nano Analysis GmbH
Location Berlin, Germany

Why did you first start learning German?
Honestly, I learned German at first to be like my sisters and to be able to speak German with them. Afterwards, because I was fascinated by the language and how it worked - the sentence structure and the similarities to the English language, but then the differences too!

What did you get out of your German studies?
A second language, an appreciation for other cultures, and an opportunity through study abroad to experience the culture I was fascinated with firsthand.

What influence did German have on your career choices?
Having learned the language and experienced it "live," I didn't want to return, as I had begun to grow roots here in Germany. So I decided to take my language skills and use them to develop further skills through a German traineeship for Assistant Management for International and Wholesale Trade.

How do you use German today at home or in your work?
I use German every single day at my office, where I work as a financial accountant, and in my private life with my friends that I have made here and my general daily life in Germany.

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