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Lauren Covert: Pursuing the Business of Germany

Lauren CovertLauren Covert came to Transylvania because she felt a liberal arts college would be the best place to explore many areas of knowledge while also focusing on ways to use her education to the best advantage in a rewarding career.

For the senior from Lexington who is completing majors in German and business administration, along with a minor in music, all of that, and lots more, has come to pass.

“The thing about liberal arts is that you’re allowed to be curious in whatever you want to be curious about, and then at Transy you can become engaged with that,” Covert said. “I wanted to be able to graduate with a degree and know I could go on and do anything I wanted to.”

During her campus visit, Covert sat in on an upper level class being taught by German professor Rick Weber and felt fully engaged in the discussion. Her decision to major in the language came after exchanging e-mails with Weber over the summer and taking a German course her first term at Transy.

Since then, Covert has participated in the Transatlantic Program run by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, headquartered in Chicago, and studied abroad for a semester at the University of Regensburg through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, first working with the business community and then studying German language, literature, and culture.

“German has become the favorite part of my Transy educational experience,” Covert said. “I added a business administration major as a complement to my German studies. I was looking for a way I could use German throughout my life.”

Covert’s long-range goal is to complete an MBA and work in the area of German-American business relationships.

“During the summer I spent in Berlin with the Transatlantic Program, I worked at Berlin Partner, the marketing and development agency for Berlin,” Covert said. “That’s what I want to do in my future, and it was a perfect situation for learning.”

Another aspect of the liberal arts experience has to do with finding connections between seemingly disparate fields of knowledge. Covert has seen her professors make those connections, and has contributed some of her own.

“In a business class, I was called on to talk about what happened in Germany economically after World War I, because I know the history from my German studies,” she said. “In a marketing class, I was asked to talk about the culture of Germany, since I have now lived there twice.”

Transylvania’s small size is working to Covert’s advantage, especially in advising, with Weber for her German major and business administration professor Julia Poynter for her business studies.

“Because of Transy’s small classes, my professors have come to know me very well, and I’m receiving great advising. Dr. Poynter recently suggested that I check out events in Lexington that might attract German-speaking visitors. Dr. Weber told me of a Transy graduate working at a German marketing company. I’m looking forward to knowing I will have a relationship with these professors even after I’ve left Transylvania.”

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