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Spanish has expanded my world and ability to communicate and connect with so many more people.

Being able to travel to and live in a foreign country without having to rely on English is a very proud and empowering experience.

Through my study of Portuguese I have met friends, travelled and had adventures, learned new ways of seeing the world, and generally had an enormous amount of fun. 

Learning German and living abroad has given me so much self confidence and tolerance for other ways of life.

The study of Spanish empowered me to develop life-long relationships, gave me the opportunity to study abroad, led me to further my graduate study of Spanish literature, and helped me meet my wife.

Learning German and Mandarin has given me the opportunity to travel the world, to meet new people, to try foods that have way too many legs, and to become horribly lost in foreign cities yet know that I will somehow be able to find my way home.

Learning Kazakh was an entirely new experience, as it brought me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to an entirely new culture with vastly different beliefs, traditions and customs.

I feel that learning the language of the community you are aiming to support demonstrates commitment and passion.

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.

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