"The language classes I took were typically much smaller than other classes and always had the same people because the majors were smaller. The smaller class sizes made it a great open environment to learn together. It was great to walk into a new class each semester and know that there would always be a familiar friendly face!"
Major(s) and Certificate(s): International Business—Asia Track, Management and Human Resources, Chinese
Graduation Year: 2017
Current city: Tampa, FL
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison?
I have been continuing my passion for travel and made it to Costa Rica before beginning the Human Resources Leadership Development Program with Johnson & Johnson.
What motivated you to study this/these languages?
I have been learning Chinese and traveling to China frequently from a young age. However, I never fully commit to immersing myself in the language and decided to take up the challenge at UW!
How have these languages enriched your life?
Learning and fully committing to a new language has opened my perspective to new cultures and countries. Now, whenever traveling I am able to understand how languages are different – whether it’s grammar patterns, common phrases, slang, or mannerisms!
What do you remember about your UW language classes? How were they different from other classes you took?
The language classes I took were typically much smaller than other classes and always had the same people because the majors were smaller. The smaller class sizes made it a great open environment to learn together. It was great to walk into a new class each semester and know that there would always be a familiar friendly face!
How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences?
Studying abroad in Tianjin was easily the highlight of my college career. I was able to make great lifelong friends, both from UW and around the world. I was lucky to participate in an entirely new culture and not only learn the language, but experience everyday life there as well.
How have you maintained or improved your language(s) since graduation?
I am still in contact with many friends from Tianjin and friends from my classes and we attempt as much as possible to continue practicing Chinese. I also love to watch Chinese TV shows and keep up to date 🙂
What advice do you have for current language students?
Fully immerse yourself in your experience and take advantage of every opportunity you can. UW has so many ways that you can learn and immerse yourself in different languages, cultures, or just find a new way to grow. After you graduate, it becomes much more difficult to find those opportunities in one place and people going on a similar journey with you. Dedicate yourself to truly learning your respective language and practice and embrace it relentlessly.
What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know?
不可思议 something is unexpectedly amazing