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The language classes were a good place to find a sense of community within the large university.

Take every opportunity to practice your secondary language, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

The unique challenge of language learning and the experience of rediscovering yourself in another tongue always contributed to an unmatched camaraderie between peers.

Living in China has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life...Chinese has made me a better person.

I really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.

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.

Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.

I feel passionate about seeing the world from as many different vantage points as possible, and trying to place all the struggles and triumphs of humanity into a deeper, more meaningful context.

I can do things personally and professionally that limit others.

Living and working abroad opened my eyes to the world in ways I didn't know possible.