Patrick Ploschnitzki grew up in Germany and served his Zivildienst at a hostel on Norderney, followed by a job at the front desk there. Fascinated by languages and the USA, he began his studies of "Linguistics and Phonetics" and "English Studies" at the University of Cologne and graduated in 2013. During that time, he worked for the University of Rhode Island's German Section as an intern for two semesters, as well as an assistant and phonetics teacher at Middlebury College’s German School for four consecutive summers. Patrick recently earned his Master's degree in German Studies (Translation Emphasis) at the University of Arizona, and he will continue his studies there as a PhD student with a minor in Translation Studies in the Department's "Transcultural German Studies" program. He is also passionate about travel and language, as well as music, movies and literature. Patrick joined the Department of German Studies with a desire to extend his interest and knowledge in German literature and in pursuit of becoming a professional literary translator. He is part of the 2016-2017 University Fellows Program cohort.