Why learn another language?
Click below to find out the importance of langauge in today’s changing world!
- Extend your reach!
- Learn another culture!
- Get a better job!
“I made the decision to be a Spanish major at Merrimack College during my sophomore year. As a student uncertain about the career path I’d pursue, I knew this major could be applied to many fields. It opened the door for me to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain, which was the best five months of my life thus far.
Little did I know, that being a Spanish major would give me so many more opportunities. It was in the fall of my senior year that I decided exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I decided that I wanted to go into psychiatric counseling, so I began the graduate school application process. I applied to several schools, my first choice being George Washington University in Washington, DC. Of over five thousand applicants, most of whom were psychology majors, I was admitted into a program of less than twenty students. In my interview with the faculty at GWU, I was told that being a Spanish major put me on top of the application pile, and that studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country was another experience that made me a solid candidate.
In the near future, there will be more Spanish speakers here in the United States than there will be English speakers. A major or minor in Spanish gives you so many opportunities that a non-speaker would never have. The Modern Languages Department here at Merrimack is very strong. With the new Chair Dr. Lynn McGovern, new courses and opportunities have been introduced to enrich the curriculum. Studying abroad has also been made easier than ever with the new Director of International Programs Lauren Gannon. Students now have the opportunity to travel to traditional and non-traditional countries depending on the experiences that they are looking for. I sincerely hope that you take the time to consider a major or minor in Modern Languages. It will open your eyes and make you that well-rounded candidate for jobs and/or graduate school.”
—- Shannon Donahue