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#LeadwithLanguages Interview: 5 Questions on a Teen’s Mandarin, French, Korean, & English Polyglot Toolbox

After creating a video for the #LeadwithLanguages campaign, I was also asked to do a fun interview! Check it out below for some more of my personal story and language learning tips! I encourage you to join this super important campaign as well! Learn more here. Ask Away: 5 Questions on a Teen’s Mandarin, French, Korean… Read More #LeadwithLanguages Interview: 5 Questions on a Teen’s Mandarin, French, Korean, & English Polyglot Toolbox

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NSLI-Y 201: Application Advice

The NSLI-Y application has many components, and it can definitely be an intimidating process! Here, I break down and offer advice for each section to hopefully make the application less scary. As a two-time (and soon to be three-time!) NSLI-Y applicant, I’ve included insight into what I think helped me succeed with my second application. NSLI-Y was such an incredible experience, and I hope this post enables you to gain the opportunity to have a similarly life-changing experience… Read More NSLI-Y 201: Application Advice

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The First Meeting // NSLI-Y Seoul PDO Day 1

For every NSLI-Yian, the two-day pre-departure orientation (PDO) marks the official start of long awaited adventures. You finally get to meet the other students with whom you’ll be studying for the next six to eight weeks! For me, PDO made everything finally feel real. I was granted the incredible opportunity to study Korean while immersed in the language and culture, and I fully intended to make the most of it. Everyday was a new adventure! Check out my first vlog… Read More The First Meeting // NSLI-Y Seoul PDO Day 1

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One Girl, Four Languages, Infinite Pathways

A little over one month ago, I started a petition to protect foreign language programs in our schools in light of the Trump administration’s proposed education budget. The voice of a small city girl has now been joined by over 1000 supporters. If you haven’t already, please read, sign, and share the petition, which includes a basic overview of critical points. But why is this cause so important to me? And why should you care too? Here’s some food for thought derived from my personal language learning journey… Read More One Girl, Four Languages, Infinite Pathways

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Me & My Dad: Model Minority Poster Children?

My father seems to represent the classic rags to riches story: from an impoverished immigrant to a well-respected doctor. And then there’s me and my sister, the motivated straight-A private school students with big aspirations for the future. Collectively, some might consider us to epitomize the model minority stereotype. That’s a compliment, right? Not exactly… Read More Me & My Dad: Model Minority Poster Children?