First-year Chinese, Summer 2013
"For so much of my life I thought the acquisition of Chinese as a second language was impossible, something only reserved for the super smart. Even going into CLS I still had doubts of my intellectual ability. To be honest, walking into class that first day I was a little scared. The next thing I knew, eight amazing weeks had flown by and I was sitting down with a teacher at lunch having a conversation in only Chinese. Afterwards I realized that this is what I have been working towards, this is what I have been trying to acquire, this ability to speak and understand in a different language. You can do this, you just have to believe in yourself."