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My language classes were some of my favorite classes at UW-Madison! They were very different from my other classes because there was a very small class size so you were really able to ask questions and really get to know your professors!

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

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

 Everyday, I get to use my own experiences to benefit others all while continuing to learn about the world around me through other languages and cultures. Langauge learning does not end in the classroom. Get out there, put yourself in uncomfortable situations and don't be afraid to make mistakes!

I credit UW-Madison for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature. 

I think I am more creative and unique because I speak three languages. I appreciate different cultures fully and embrace different art, tastes, sounds and places.

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.

My choice of language has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world.

I competed on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team in the 2010 Olympics and our living quarters were directly across from the Swedes. I heard Swedish a few times and was mesmerized by the language. 

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.