The facts

  • 2009 – Magister (equivalent to Master’s degree) in English and Japanese Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2006 – The Yamasa Institute, Okazaki (Japan)
  • 2003/2004 – English Studies at San Francisco State University (USA)
  • 2000 – Abitur at the Coubertin-Gymnasium Berlin (elite sport school))

Between the lines
Graduating with the “Abitur” (A-level equivalent) from the Coubertin-Gymnasium Berlin, an elite sport school, concluded my teenage years, which I had spent between skates, ice skating stadiums, ballet studios, Tartan tracks, spikes and gyms. I started studying English and Japanese at the Freie Universität Berlin and later spent a wonderful year abroad at San Francisco State University in the USA. While I encountered many hills and the laid-back Californian life style there, my stay at the Yamasa Institute in Japan in 2006 gave me an understanding of life in a small Japanese city.

Throughout my whole life, two things have filled me with enthusiasm: language and sports. Since early childhood, the written word has captivated my attention. Over the years, German was joined by English, French and Latin. And later, Japan cast a spell over me, so that studying English and Japanese seemed only logical.

With sports it is almost the same. While in the beginning my focus was on figure skating and later on athletics, my active and passive love of sports extended to various areas. Whether it is athletics, figure skating, tennis, soccer, basketball or American football – my interest in sports is very diverse.