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Learning a new language is always a challenge, but it's also incredibly inspiring and gratifying.

Taking Arabic as a foreign language forced me to access and challenge other parts of my brain.

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

Find a group of people to speak with outside of class. The best way to keep up your language skills is to speak as much as possible!

Through language study, I have been lucky enough to travel, live and study in-region and forge strong friendships. A strong command of Spanish and Portuguese has also set me apart professionally in a job market where international experience and expertise are increasingly sought-after attributes.

My time in Spain also allowed me to develop my own interests and come to appreciate what I love and want to be doing with my life. 

My language classes were some of my favorite classes at UW-Madison! They were very different from my other classes because there was a very small class size so you were really able to ask questions and really get to know your professors!

 Everyday, I get to use my own experiences to benefit others all while continuing to learn about the world around me through other languages and cultures. Langauge learning does not end in the classroom. Get out there, put yourself in uncomfortable situations and don't be afraid to make mistakes!

It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!

My Spanish classes seemed more engaging than my non-language courses —I was always excited to go and could always count on my professors being excited as well.