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Stefan S.


"I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer. In a couple of days, I will return to Princeton for my junior year. During the first part of the summer, I worked at the Atlantik-Bruecke in Berlin. I was in charge of writing and editing the conference proceedings of the 21st Biennial German-American Conference which will be published in a couple of months. During these testing times for the transatlantic partnership, it is rewarding to support an organization that promotes the German-American friendship.


In Princeton, I will major in International Relations and Political Economy, while continuing my studies in American history. As you recommended me, I will make full use of my Liberal Arts education and take courses in different fields to learn to reason and to write in a more sophisticated way.


Last year, I co-founded the German club at Princeton with the goal of bringing influential Germans to the campus and helping Germans to find internships in the USA (in cooperation with the Steuben-Schurz Gesellschaft). Last semester, we had both the German ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Ischinger, and to the U.N.,Dr. Pleuger, as our guests. For next semester I have already invited, Dr. Voigt. I continue to work for our travel magazine, Troubadour, which I manage as head of business. My team was able to fundraise more than 8,000 $ within a week for the next two issues. The magazine was named the Best Online Student Magazine and Best Student Magazine (3rd place) by the Associated Collegiate Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In order to ensure continuity, I will turn over my office to a Freshman whom I will teach how to do the job during the next year.


I also began to work more intensively with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, which organizes private diplomacy forums. We currently focus on the reconstruction of Afghanistan and initiated conferences in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and in the governmental guesthouse Petersberg in Germany. I translated all documents that were necessary to get funding from the German Foreign Ministery and I will continue to co-organize future conferences of the project that will last until 2005.


For the rest of your summer I followed your advice and organized a hiking/climbing trip with some of my friends from Princeton through the Highlands in Scotland and Snowdonia in Wales. We had a great time, I could fully relax and get ready for the next semester. I hope that we will find a chance to meet either this or next year in Munich! Thanks again for your crucial advice! Best luck for your "Alpenueberquerung," if you have not done it yet.




St. S.


PS: I am willing to help anybody to get admitted to Princeton."