Each month, Global Thinking will feature a “Cultural Connections” guest post written and curated by a member of the Department of International Languages and Cultures (ILC). This month’s post spotlights a quick Q&A with German teaching assistant Nas Fehrest-Avanloo.
Nas Fehrest-Avanloo is the German Teaching Assistant here at Webster University. Nas is from the city of Bochum, which is located in West Germany. Here at Webster, she teaches German classes. This is her first semester teaching. Nas was interviewed by the ILC Marketing and Communications intern and shared some of her thoughts and feelings about her first few months at Webster.
What has been your best experience since coming to St. Louis/ Webster University?
“My best experience so far is of course the teaching, as this is what I love and what I want to do my whole life. Also, meeting with all of these wonderful people. I love the whole International Languages and Cultures Department, my supervisor Paula Hanssen, my students who are awesome, and of course the other TAs who have become my family.”
How does Webster University compare to your university in your country?
“Compared to Ruhr-Universität Bochum, my home university, Webster is much smaller and you can feel this when it comes to ‘feeling like a family.’ When I walk to my office it can take a long time because you just stop to talk to people so many times. These people give you a feeling as if you have known each other for ages. I like this. In my home university, everything is much more anonymous.”
I hear that you are taking Zumba. Why are you so interested in it?
“Thanks to Maggie Dankert, from the International Languages and Cultures Department, I started Zumba this semester. I take classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8AM. This is an awesome way to start the week. Now I can spend my morning with something fun, as I always wake up around 5AM anyway. I can forget my stress, which my responsibility as a teacher can bring along.”
Nas is very excited to be a part of the Webster family and all the new experiences it has brought her. She balances her activities and enjoys what she does. Webster’s new addition loves her role as a teacher and enjoys being able to assist students in learning German. Although she loves teaching, she knows that it can become stressful at times and balances this by taking Zumba. Nas loves having fun, and it is obvious to see that she is indeed having fun as part of the Webster community.