College of Letters & Science | International Division
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
With at least 25% of Americans speaking Spanish as their 1st or 2nd language, I speak Spanish every day.
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.
Japanese, Spanish, Vietnamese
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.
I'll always be grateful for following through on my decision to learn Norwegian.
Studying a language I was able to experience being at a large university but was able to get to know my professors and classmates well as a result of being in a small department.
The unique challenge of language learning and the experience of rediscovering yourself in another tongue always contributed to an unmatched camaraderie between peers.
Finnish, Spanish, Swedish
Professionally, studying languages have shown my potential employers my dedication to learning and my cognitive abilities..they definitely stand out on a resume and make you a memorable candidate.
There are so many opportunities to get involved with local international communities. Practice with native speakers and don't be shy!
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.
Studying languages has always been a passion of mine, and the opportunity to live and study in another country is completely invaluable to one's personal development.