Emily Johnston '10 in Germany

Emily Johnston ’10 wasn’t thinking about jobs when she chose German as one of her majors (history is the other) at Hamilton College, but her affinity for the language helped inspire a career.  She is parlaying her language and knowledge of Germany into her own business, Wanderlust Travels, a summer program in Germany for high school students.

Her knowledge of all things German was fueled by a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship there, which she embarked on right after college graduation. After the fellowship ended, she stayed an extra year in Germany, taking classes in organic chemistry, anatomy and other subjects related to her interest in Eastern medicine. Johnston continues to study Eastern medicine as she builds her business.

It sounds corny, she acknowledges, but a big motivator for her business is to share the kind of experiences Hamilton helped bring her.

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