Hi! My name is Whitney Sha and I’m a member of the Class of 2017 in the German department from Charlotte, North Carolina.
On a whim, I signed up for the Humanities Sequence (HUM 216-217) freshman fall, and the course inspired my subsequent devotion to the humanities. Needless to say, HUM 216-217 with Susanna Berger and Daniel Heller-Roazen has been one of my favorite courses at Princeton, as well as COM 410: Bakhtin, the Russian Formalists, and Cultural Semiotics with Caryl Emerson.
I decided to major in German because I love the intimacy of a small, close-knit department and I enjoy the flexibility German gives me to study topics across different disciplines, such as literature, philosophy, and history. My fall independent work dealt with a dispute on language between philosophers Martin Heidegger and Rudolf Carnap, and I’m hoping to work on a Leibnizian topic in the spring.
In my free time, I enjoy playing pop songs in an informal piano-voice duo, wandering around New York with the Edwards Collective, sipping lattes at Small World Coffee, and discussing literature and current events with the Nassau Literary Review. This year at the NLR we’ve been working on ways to engage the literary community in Princeton at large—look out for a public reading that will take place after spring break (guest of honor yet to be announced), and of course our biannual launch party at Small World Coffee in April!