College of Letters & Science | International Division
I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual.
Little bits of work pay off in big ways. Studying language takes tremendous commitment—DONT GIVE UP!
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.
If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.
Language learning makes me feel less cut off from the world.
Learning Italian has opened my eyes to a new culture (and cuisine!) in a way that I wouldn't understand without knowing the language itself.
French, Spanish, Swedish
The experience of learning new languages seems to automatically open up your mind to other experiences and you naturally view the world differently.
The unique challenge of language learning and the experience of rediscovering yourself in another tongue always contributed to an unmatched camaraderie between peers.
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
I really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.
French, Spanish, Swahili
Language has enriched my life professionally because I am qualified for many different positions based on my language skills and have the ability to acquire more.