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Professionally, studying languages have shown my potential employers my dedication to learning and my cognitive abilities..they definitely stand out on a resume and make you a memorable candidate.

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.

I'll always be grateful for following through on my decision to learn Norwegian.

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.

Be open-minded, go abroad and explore and use the language you are learning in real life situations.

Language classes was are intense yet fun and full-filling.

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. 

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

Living and working abroad opened my eyes to the world in ways I didn't know possible.

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