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L&S Graduates Celebrate their Language Study

Recent graduates from the College of Letters & Science shared their favorite memories from their careers at UW-Madison. Here are a few examples:

"When I was a freshman I wanted to challenge myself and try something that many people my age haven't ever tried.  I wanted to study something that would make people say "Wow" "Wait what did you say?" So I enrolled in Chinese 101. I thought it was so neat to learn a language that has such a intricate history. I stuck with it and eventually studied abroad in Tianjin, China, the summer after my freshman year. This was my first time out of the US and it was a mind blowing experience. It still is one of the best summers I have had. I am still friends with many of the people I travelled with. I was introduced to a whole plethora of foods, people and places I have only seen in books. It truly was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  Learning Chinese through L&S has not only given me a major, but has opened me to cultures, people and experiences I would otherwise would not have had. It has added to my well-rounded education here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." – Brian

"My linguistics field methods class was truly the most rewarding course that I took at UW. We spent 15 weeks interviewing a young woman from Kyrgyzstan  and became acquainted not only with her native language but also learned a lot about her country and the culture she grew up in. I feel blessed to have been able to have that unique experience." – Katie

"Studing abroad in Paris, France and Coimbra, Portugal was the best part of my college career. It helped me discover that I want to work and live abroad, and the importance of language. I hope to use these experiences as I further my research on genocide studies and as I move to France next year to teach!" – Tatiana

"I would like to thank Prof. Schleicher and all of my Yoruba T.A.s over the years: Akin, Clement, Dipo, Doyin, Gabriel, Kehinde, Segun, and Yinka. They inspired my interest in the Yoruba language. They made my experience abroad in Nigeria possible. My college experience would not have been the same without them." – Kelly

"I fell in love with Italian because of my 101 TA Daniela Busciglio and I fell in love with Danish because of Nete Schmidt.  Both are amazing teachers and I am forever grateful for what they have given me, a passion for languages." - Monica

For more memories, see the 2012 L&S Class Notes.

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