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Ehron Ostendorf is a Daytonian, graduating with a minor in German and a major in English, creative writing concentration. Ehron chose to study German because it’s in his heritage and he told himself that if he ever got the chance to learn a language, it would be German. After a trip to Germany and Austria with Wright State German professors Dr. Renate Sturdevant and Ms. Miriam Powers in 2017, Ehron fell in love with Germany, its people, and its culture, so he decided on a German minor. Ehron loves to immerse himself in the study of language and how it’s used in all its variances. He says, “Language is how we connect with people. It’s how we derive meaning and understanding in life.”
In addition to being awarded the German Program Outstanding Senior, he was also accepted into Delta Phi Alpha German honor society’s Wright State Theta Iota Chapter. He will take the Goethe Test for German language to add as a certificate to his résumé to help him in looking for a job, and because it’s a goal he wants to accomplish for himself.
After graduation, Ehron hopes to find work in Germany or work for an American company that has business ties to Germany. By learning German, Ehron feels like his job opportunities and future has opened up. He wants to combine knowledge of English and German in his work life.