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Alumni Profiles

Never quit studying, your language is a gift for life!

Japanese has opened doors for me - It helped me get my first job, advance to new and exciting positions, and helped me to land new business when I founded my own company.

Learning and fully committing to a new language has opened my perspective to new cultures and countries.

Living or working in the country of the language you are studying is a "must." Only then can you appreciate the culture and fully develop a knowledge of the language.

Learning Spanish has led to a lifelong interest in culture and art. It's the enduring theme in both my personal and professional lives.

There are so many opportunities to get involved with local international communities. Practice with native speakers and don't be shy!

Find a group of people to speak with outside of class. The best way to keep up your language skills is to speak as much as possible!

Language learning makes me feel less cut off from the world.

Take every opportunity to practice your secondary language, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Spanish language studies have provided me a level of comfort and mastery to conduct business in Latin America.