Veronika Fuechtner studied German Literature, History, and Political Science and is nowadays Chair and Associate Professor of German Studies at Dartmouth.
What do you miss from your time at Freie Universität Berlin (people, places, special features)?
I enjoyed connecting with students from many different disciplines in the student-run cafés and in the Mensa at the Rostlaube. I still have strong friendships from that time, especially people I met working together on research projects and presentations.
Which experience, meeting with a particular person, or event at Freie Universität has special significance for you?
I learned how to teach working as a tutor in German literature.
What advice would you give your younger self today?
Don´t be shy about seeking mentoring from faculty.
Seek out small seminars with new, contingent or lesser-known faculty members.
Say at least one thing in each seminar session.
Attend lectures outside of your discipline.
If I could give my university a present for its 70th birthday…
...70 more professors with lots of time on their hands.