In all honesty, St. Lawrence was not high on my lists of potential schools when I started looking at universities. Since I graduated from this area (Watertown, an hour South from SLU), I was not interested in being so close to home. However after much encouragement from my father, alumni from within the community, and a friend who was currently attending, I decided to take a look. When I did decide to give St. Lawrence a chance, the school astounded me. I fell in love with the language department and the study abroad program options. The variety, quality, and size of classes made me want to come and learn. A tour of the campus really sealed the deal. Seeing the campus and hearing about how amazing the school was, I couldn’t help but be convinced; St. Lawrence was for me. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
In the Modern Language Department I was able to improve my skills in Spanish, the language that I had been taking in high school, for the first few semesters at SLU. In the three semesters that I took Spanish classes I felt a huge improvement of the skills that I had acquired in high school. I have also been able to begin my French studies, which after my experience abroad (which is the best experience, do an abroad program!) became my major. I participated in the Spring French program that is designed for beginners. This means that I took a semester of French 101 and then shipped off to Quebec, Canada; Rouen, France; and Dakar, Senegal for four months with little to no French. Although daunting, it was exhilarating and exciting to stumble through a language, three different home stays, and widely varying cultures. Also, I have taken a semester of Swahili, which helps me with the languages that are dialects of Swahili that are spoken in Malawi, where my younger sister is originally from and where I do mission work.
In the future I would like to work abroad, preferably with the State Department in an embassy as a Foreign Services Officer. I would love to live all over the world and I figure that working for the government would give me a direct relationship with the States and would be a secure job in an economy that is not at its best. So in order to do that I am currently planning on taking the FSOT (Foreign Services Officer Test) this Fall and I am also applying to Graduate schools to both French and International Relations programs.