It's a huge world out there...
And I want to experience it all.
I have the fortunate privilege of being born outside of the United States, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have unique perspective on the U.S. and its culture, as well as a desire to see and understand more about international culture and the world. Over the course of my life, I have visited 17 countries across three continents, and I expect those numbers to continue growing!
This has driven me to learn languages. I am fluent in French, having studied it since I was five years old, and have used it in trips to France as well as Quebec. I love speaking French with my sister, and jump at any opportunity to immerse myself in French culture (including supporting the French National Soccer Team, as you can see from my jersey on my homepage)!
I also have learned Spanish, having studied in Guatemala for three weeks in high school. That program gave me an appreciation for a culture very different than mine, and I was able to experience it firsthand, communicating with my host family, teachers, and friends in their native language.
Finally, I am proficient in Portuguese. I studied it for a year during undergrad and have furthered my understanding of the language on my own. I know these languages will be vital skills as I continue my professional and personal lives.
This past summer...
I had the opportunity to travel around Europe with my sister and brother. We visited eight countries over six weeks - France, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. This was my first time traveling to countries in which I do not speak and understand the national language. Communication was difficult, but I gained a great appreciation for cultural nuances; something I take for granted might be very hard to convey, and vice versa!