About me

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“My name is Christoph Helweg, and I am a full-time student from Germany, majoring in English and Slavic philology. In my leisure time, I write articles for a local street paper and love to take photos, especially of cities and buildings. Although I am still fairly new to journalism, I always loved writing and feel very competent and happy in that area. Furthermore, I like to illustrate my articles with photographs of my own. All in all, I love to be creative, and I am happy that I found ways to live out my creativity and contribute to society in doing so.”

Long version

Christoph Helweg was born and raised in the northwest of Germany, in a region called Ostwestfalen-Lippe. He attended the Söderblom-Gymnasium in Espelkamp. While in school, he took classes in four foreign languages, namely English, French, Latin, and Russian. He passed the Abitur in 2013 with (1) maths, (2) physics, (3) Russian, and (4) history being his examination subjects.

 

His passion for foreign languages led him to apply to university in order to become a professional foreign language teacher. In 2013, he started his studies in English and Russian (teaching profession) at the University of Göttingen and gained his bachelor's degree in 2017. Subsequently, in 2017, he applied for the corresponding master‘s degree program and continued his university education in order to complete his teacher-training.

 

After one semester, he decided to apply for a second master‘s degree program in English philology and Slavic philology which has a larger focus on philology whereas his his first master’s degree program mainly deals with foreign language teaching methodologies as well as educational sciences. Currently, he is studying in both master’s degree programs at the same time and plans to complete them with an M.A. and M.Ed. in 2020.

 

In addition to his studies, he worked and still works for the University of Göttingen. He is currently the student mentor of the Slavic department. From February 2016 to February 2018, he also held the position of the department's student representative. His field of work included planing events, being in charge of accounts for the student body, taking part in Executive Board decisions. Currently, he is involved with advising students on everything concerning their course of studies. Moreover, he set up and used to maintain the departmentFacebook page solely on his own — in compliance with the Executive Board — until he decided to give some reliable fellow students access authorization to write posts of their own.

 

In his leisure time, he likes to read novels, write poetry, watch TV, indulge in anime and manga, take photos with his SLR camera in his beloved adopted city Göttingen as well as to stroll around the Internet. He used to work as a journalist for a local street paper called TagesSatz, which is sold both in Göttingen and Kassel and supports the socially disadvantaged.

 

He has plenty of interests and gets acquainted with new things that intrigue him almost on a daily basis. Among other things, he is interested in foreign languages, creative writing, literature, poetry, photography, history, psychology, and politics.