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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.

By knowing another language and living abroad, not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart also opened.

I feel passionate about learning, exploring, and growing through language education and cultural understanding.

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.

My study of Korean has given me the opportunity to travel, study, and work in a foreign country, and has allowed me to experience the Korean culture in a way that would not be possible otherwise.

Learning a new language opens up your life in a way that nothing else can.

I competed on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team in the 2010 Olympics and our living quarters were directly across from the Swedes. I heard Swedish a few times and was mesmerized by the language. 

If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.

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

If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.