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Learning Hmong has changed my perspective on the Hmong culture and strengthened my relationship with my community along with my parents.

I can't emphasize the value of my study abroad experiences enough. It's not just a place I've traveled to, but a place where I've learned and grown, and a place that is now a part of me.

I can do things personally and professionally that limit others.

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.

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.

 Learning Portuguese opened up new job and travel opportunities for me around the world.

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.

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

Portuguese has been an integral part of my everyday personal life since I first started studying it.

Through Spanish, I have access to another culture and world of information.