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Sarah D.

Major(s) and Certificate(s): 

Spanish

Graduation Year: 
1993
Current city: 
New York
Current state/province/country (if outside US): 
NY
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison?: 

I went to law school and am now an immigration lawyer in New York City.

Language(s) : 
What motivated you to study this/these languages?: 

My passion for Spanish was sparked when I started studying the language in high school. From that moment on, there was a desire to keep learning more. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.

How have these languages enriched your life?: 

The study of Spanish led to an interest in Spanish speaking cultures, which led to travel to these places and a growing desire to learn more. Visiting a foreign country and communicating in the native language is a wonderful experience, and one I have sought to replicate over and over.

What do you remember about your UW language classes? How were they different from other classes you took?: 

All of the teachers were first-rate and I enjoyed the content of the classes more than other classes.

How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences?: 

Study abroad was a wonderful life experience. I enjoyed the studies immensely and also got to know another culture and meet new people.

How have you maintained or improved your language(s) since graduation?: 

I speak some Spanish as part of my job and I have close relationships with native Spanish speakers. I also visit Spanish speaking countries about once a year.

What advice do you have for current language students?: 

If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life even if you do not pursue a profession that is based on the language.

What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know?: 
Claro! — "Of course!"