Modern Languages

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Jordan Ostrum

Why did you decide to become a language major?

Ever since I was very young I wanted to learn Spanish. Entering high school created the opportunity to do so, and once I started, I knew I wouldn’t stop. A Spanish major isn’t something I ever really considered or thought about for very long–it chose me, I didn’t choose it.

Communicating with other people is one of the most basic and most complicated endeavors in life. This paradox is what makes being a language major so easy and challenging, so fun and frustrating. Rewiring your brain and viewing the universe from a different linguistic lens is such an important and exciting experience. I recommend it for everyone!

What has been your most rewarding experience in your language major so far?

Every time that I successfully engage in Spanish–be it a 13th century piece of literature or a 21st century dinner conversation–I am rewarded.

What are your plans after Ursinus?

I hope to either begin teaching high school Spanish immediately after graduating from Ursinus, or continue my post-secondary education at a graduate school program. Fluency, of course, is my long term goal. But that is a life-long process.


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