Earlier this year, I was asked to sit on the advisory board of World Languages at Grand View University. The advisory board works with the World Languages Department as an outside resource to help the department meet their goals. One of the department’s goals is to create an awareness of and interest in foreign language classes and majors offered at Grand View University.
To that end, I participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Professional Opportunities Beyond Your Mother Language”. My co-panelists included Americans who have worked or are working in another language/country and others who came to the United States, have learned English and are now utilizing their native languages in their professions.
I love sharing my story with others and I hope I inspired some students to study another culture and its language in the hope of better understanding and appreciating their own.