College of Letters & Science | International Division
Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
I really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.
I can do things personally and professionally that limit others.
Study or do an internship abroad so that you can use your language skills in context. There is no substitute for actually having to use the language you're learning to get around a country, shop in a market, etc.!
Immerse yourselves as fully as possible at your earliest opportunity, and become comfortable with making a fool of yourself on a daily basis. Fluency will follow.
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.
Being able to talk to someone and being forced to rack your brain for how to say something is the best way to learn a language.
You never know where your language will lead you.
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.
Hindi, Spanish, Tibetan
There isn't a day that goes by where I don't catch myself thinking in another language or remembering vocab words for things that I see!