Psychology, Scandinavian Studies
I had taken Spanish since elementary school, so after taking one semester in college I decided to try something new. I chose Swedish because I listen to a lot of Scandinavian music. Deciding to take Hebrew was a no-brainer because I am Jewish and have a religious connection to it, but I also thought it would come in handy since I plan on going to Jerusalem for a year after graduation.
I love being able to speak a language that so few people know, and I also feel privileged to have access to Swedish literature that I may otherwise have never had the opportunity to read.
In truth, every Swedish class was a blast because my teacher Rakel had the wackiest, most creative teaching style ever! She once printed out a bunch of pictures of herself from a website that blended her face with old yearbook photos. She strung them out onto necklaces for the entire class to wear as we organized ourselves into a human family tree to help us learn the Swedish words for different family members.
I lived in the Norden House of the International Learning Community last year, which was a great experience and one that I would highly recommend. I not only improved my Swedish conversation skills, but gained experience communicating with people who spoke other Scandinavian languages such as Danish and Norwegian.