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I feel passionate about seeing the world from as many different vantage points as possible, and trying to place all the struggles and triumphs of humanity into a deeper, more meaningful context.

People's eyes light up when you speak their native language. A door opens and a new relationship is full of more possibilities and connections than before.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't catch myself thinking in another language or remembering vocab words for things that I see!

It's one thing to learn about language and culture in the classroom, but it's so much more impactful to live somewhere for a year and see if your pre-conceived ideas about the country were accurate and which ones were not.

Language affects how the world is perceived, describes all aspects of human existence, and reflects generational attitudes and emotion.

Students in Spanish classes always seemed more connected than those in my other classes.

Immerse yourselves as fully as possible at your earliest opportunity, and become comfortable with making a fool of yourself on a daily basis. Fluency will follow.

With at least 25% of Americans speaking Spanish as their 1st or 2nd language, I speak Spanish every day.

Language not only gave me the confidence to become a strong leader within the Hmong community, but also to become more aware of the cultural differences we have in the world.

I can do things personally and professionally that limit others.