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Learning and fully committing to a new language has opened my perspective to new cultures and countries.

I can’t list all the ways that the study of foreign languages has enriched my life. 

Immerse yourself in the language you want to learn! Don't limit yourself.

Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.

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!

Languages have completely changed the course of my life and the way I view the world in ways I never could have predicted.

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.

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

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

I can't emphasize the value of my study abroad experiences enough. It's not just a place I've traveled to, but a place where I've learned and grown, and a place that is now a part of me.