The Other Side of the Process

by Amanda Stewart

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last year about how I should have taken Spanish in college. I loved it in high school, but had taken enough that I did not have to take any in college. Now, in hindsight, I’m really wishing that I would have. To learn Spanish is one of my big goals: it’s on my 30-before-30 list, I’ve played around with a few language apps on my phone, and I talk along with a program I downloaded while driving from visit to visit during the week. I was quickly learning, though, that becoming fluent in Spanish wasn’t happening for me through apps and car-time. I decided that I wanted to commit to something more.

As I thought about it more, and reflected on what I would have done differently during my undergraduate years, it hit me: just because I didn’t major in Spanish then, doesn’t mean I can’t now! So often we think of “coulda-done’s” in a past tense way, as if nothing can be done about them as we think forward into the future.

I did some research and applied to two programs that ranked high in offering online Spanish bachelor's degrees. I’m a transfer admissions counselor, so being on the other side of this admissions process was pretty cool for me. Ironically, I even asked a few questions that I get asked daily (that I really should have known the answers to). It was interesting to see how other institutions handle admissions, and I was able to learn a thing or two by going through this process.

The plan is to start in January and I am PUMPED. I haven’t decided between the two programs I applied for yet, but I’m excited and ready to be back in classes and learning again! If you knew then, what you know now, what would you have majored in during your undergraduate years?

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