I have met amazing people and had fantastic opportunities as a result of studying Japanese.
Being a speaker of Japanese is an important part of my identity today, and something that I'll always carry with me.
Studying language at UW-Madison has weaved its way through many facets of my life, always enriching and always improving me.
My entire career is built on the language study I did at the UW.
It's one thing to learn about language and culture in the classroom, but it's so much more impactful to live somewhere for a year and see if your pre-conceived ideas about the country were accurate and which ones were not.
Appreciate the progress you have made, but don't be afraid to tackle new words or try a different method of learning the language.
Japanese has opened doors for me - It helped me get my first job, advance to new and exciting positions, and helped me to land new business when I founded my own company.