Eliza is a junior at Vassar College, where she majors in Environmental Studies and German. She first fostered a deep love for the German language, its literature, and culture during her Rotary Youth Exchange year spent in Bremen, Germany after high school. Following her gap year, she returned the following summer to intern at the Bremen Senate for Economics, Labor, and Ports, and used it as an opportunity to merge her two primary academic interests. She has taken a variety of coursework in Vassar's German Studies department, many of which relate to this year's theme, "In Memory We Trust." She is very excited to contribute to the festival and to learn from its many participants and authors.