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Through language study, I have been lucky enough to travel, live and study in-region and forge strong friendships. A strong command of Spanish and Portuguese has also set me apart professionally in a job market where international experience and expertise are increasingly sought-after attributes.

It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!

I feel passionate about correcting misconceptions about bilingual education.

Being able to travel to and live in a foreign country without having to rely on English is a very proud and empowering experience.

The unique challenge of language learning and the experience of rediscovering yourself in another tongue always contributed to an unmatched camaraderie between peers.

Studying a language I was able to experience being at a large university but was able to get to know my professors and classmates well as a result of being in a small department.

My familiarity with the language has opened up many doors to amazing parts of the Indian cultural landscape that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me.

Throughout the years, I learned two things about studying a language; the first being learning a new language is very difficult because it forces you to think in a way that no other course does. The second is that no matter how hard you work to improve your language skills there will always be something you don't know. 

I've been able to travel to many French-speaking countries and being able to speak the language makes the experience all the more rewarding.

Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.