Seniors 2020

Danny Pinto

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Danny Pinto, Class of 2020

What is your favorite memory from a German class?

When I was coincidentally able to illustrate the difference between GDR and FRG currency in GER 208 because I had brought some coins I bought in Munich over spring break to show Prof. Oberlin after class; or maybe when Prof. Levin made us turn off all the lights and take out our phones so he could record us receiving the presidential alert.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

A very particular carrel on Firestone B-floor.

What is your favorite restaurant in town?


What are your post-graduation plans?

I’m taking a gap year to sharpen some skills for a PhD, get my Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, do some independent research and writing, apply for fellowships, and for PhDs.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

I hope to be in a German Studies PhD!

What was your best class at Princeton and why?

I have no idea how to answer which class was the best — in terms of things that most radically changed my perspective and toolset as a thinker and a person, it would have to be MUS 105 or GER 210; in terms of tremendously high-quality reading, discussion, and expanding my horizons, I would have to pick Prof. Levin’s surveillance class, GER 328. SPA/LAS 342 was also incredible for the contact we were able to have with Cuban intellectuals/artists and the opportunity to go on a paid trip to Cuba in such a strange time in Cuban history.

What will you miss most about Princeton?

I will miss the easy access to mentors, my study spots, the library system especially, and the abundant opportunities to make music at a high level without having music as a main object of formalized study.


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