Melanie is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, pursuing her BA in Linguistics and German, and minor in Japanese. During the summer of 2017, she worked for the TGDP under the direction of Damir Cavar at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. She was first interested in learning German because of the strong German influence in Wisconsin, and from attending Milwaukee’s annual German Fest. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Linguistics, where her main areas of interest are sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language pedagogy. In her free time, Melanie enjoys playing the piano, baking, and visiting museums.