International Studies, Certificate in Global Cultures
I briefly worked as a grant writer, I currently work as an Executive Assistant and Board Liaison to the President/CEO of a non-profit organization.
I wanted to be able to communicate with people from other countries and to fully immerse myself in a study abroad experience. I was motivated to communicate with other family members from different countries and be truly multi-cultural.
Most definitely, I think I am more creative and unique because I speak three languages. I appreciate different cultures fully and embrace different art, tastes, sounds and places.
I enjoyed my Italian class particularly; I was motivated to eventually be able to study abroad in Italy. By working hard I knew that I could gain an invaluable tool, which is the ability to communicate with other people from different backgrounds.
Studying abroad was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life; I learned so much about myself, I saw the most beautiful places, ate the most incredible food, and felt a very liberating and sometimes unsettling feeling which helped me go outside of my comfort zone. I met great people who I will never forget, and some that I know I will remain friends with forever.
I am often required to speak and write Spanish at work, we service a predominantly Hispanic community. I sometimes speak Spanish and Italian with my mom. I write to family in Italy and Mexico now and then. I also watch foreign films somewhat often.
Practice speaking, reading, writing as often as possible. Do not be self-conscious when speaking; be open to being corrected in order to improve. Watch foreign films, listen to music, and read books in the language you are learning. STUDY ABROAD!!!!