Major and year of graduation: Communication Arts and Scandinavian Studies, May 2011
High School attended, hometown, and state: Hastings High School, Hastings, Minnesota. My hometown is Welch, Minnesota.
I feel passionate about: my future and achieving success.
Languages I have taken at UW-Madison: French and Swedish.
Why did you choose those particular languages? I wanted to try something new in French and thought it would be useful. My family is from Sweden and Norway, and I loved my first year in Swedish so I continued!
Did you begin language study at the kindergarten-high school level? What language(s)? How did K-12 study impact your later decision to take a language? In elementary school we were taught basic counting etc. in German, French, and Spanish, only about 1-2 times per month. I took Spanish in high school and know that taking a foreign language is important culturally, and helps explore your own language better. I've always loved languages and the cultural aspect is why I continued to take languages in college.
What has studying that language meant to you? How has it enriched your life, whether personally, academically or professionally? Personally, I feel I understand my family background better. Academically and professionally, I feel it sets me apart from others since it is a unique quality.
A good book I just read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
My favorite UW-Madison moment: seeing President Obama speak in Library Mall.
A memorably high school (or pre-high school) language learning experience: traveling to Mexico with my Spanish class and experiencing the rural, poor cities as well as the urban areas like Mexico City.
A memorable UW-Madison language class experience: going to the Swedish table samtalsbordet.
My plans for after graduation include: many possiblities such as an internship abroad.
My favorite living or historical figure: I very much like studying Ingmar Bergman's work and ideals.
My favorite literary figure: Orson Wells' books are unforgettable.
A memorable thing that happened to me when traveling abroad: staying with a family in Mexico for a week was an unforgettable experience that I would love to repeat.