Inspired instruction builds foundation for success
In their German studies and research, both scholars were mentored by Gregory Wolf, Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities and professor of German. Wolf encouraged them to study abroad at the University of Heidelberg, which played a significant role in their undergraduate experiences, they said. “North Central’s German program provides you with countless opportunities to expand your language and leadership skills,” said Peters.
Adams has researched public policies related to economic development in both Germany and China. She received a Richter Grant to conduct research in China on education reforms––the foundation for her College Scholars honors thesis. She also researched the outcome of public policies following the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Dr. Wolf’s mentorship pushed me to ask deeper questions to understand Germany––from linguistic, cultural and historical contexts,” she said.
Adams followed in the footsteps of her father, George Adams ’89, who studied math and German at North Central and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.
“Growing up, I loved my dad’s stories of German castles and enjoyed his homemade spaetzli (a German noodle). He inspired me to study German at North Central,” she said.