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More than the ability to communicate in Spanish that has benefited my career, I know that my Spanish Language major immeasurably improved my ability to communicate in English.

Japanese has opened doors for me - It helped me get my first job, advance to new and exciting positions, and helped me to land new business when I founded my own company.

Learning Spanish and Portuguese challenged me in a way that allowed me to come to learn a lot about myself and what I value.

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

I feel passionate about learning, exploring, and growing through language education and cultural understanding.

Study and live abroad, immerse yourself in the culture and life.

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. 

 I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual.

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 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.