You may not have to call her “your majesty,” but North­eastern stu­dent Fabi­enne Rudolph is known as a princess in her native country of Germany.

Rudolph, MS’14, is in the midst of a two-​​year term as apple princess of the Oden­wald region, serving as a cul­tural ambas­sador who pro­motes and mar­kets its apples and apple wine. This unique vol­un­teer job is well known in Ger­many, where its “roy­alty” pro­mote every­thing from wine to asparagus.

This is very pre­dom­i­nant in Ger­many,” says Rudolph, who is studying for her mas­ters in music industry lead­er­ship. “It’s really about putting a face to the region and raising aware­ness for the area.”

Rudolph, whose reign ends in October, serves with one other apple princess and an apple queen. The hotel and restau­rant unions in the region selected them for the gig, the duties of which include attending parades, fes­ti­vals, and grand openings.

Rudolph’s 88-​​year-​​old grand­fa­ther first intro­duced her to the apple roy­alty, showing her news­paper photos of past princesses. She applied to be a princess for him, she says, and today he is her biggest supporter.

He never implied that I should do it,” Rudolph explains. “It was just some­thing he shared with me. I wanted to do it for him because he likes it so much.”

The spring and summer are the busiest sea­sons for any apple princess, with as many as six events on any given weekend, And that means a lot of smiling and waving. As Rudolph jokes, “Having to wave for so long is harder than you think.”

Rudolph came to North­eastern last summer on a Ful­bright schol­ar­ship and hopes to work in music mar­keting man­age­ment or pro­duc­tion. She’ll return to Ger­many in the summer, not only to com­plete her reign as apple princess, but also because of a two-​​year home res­i­dency require­ment for all Ful­bright schol­ar­ship winners.

I don’t really want to leave,” she says.