Like most MSU students right now, Elena Vasileva has returned home to finish her semester virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only difference is that for her, home happens to be in Russia.
Arabic, German, Swedish, and a smattering of Ancient Greek. Sam Meade is not a language major and he may not be fluent yet, but these are all languages he’s studied in one way or another during his four years at Michigan State.
Not only do CeLTA’s interns help MSU students tell their language stories, they often also have their own stories to tell. Grace Mortson was a social media intern with the…
Once a year in downtown East Lansing, a group of passionate college students, professors, and community members gather for a night of storytelling, music, and connection. Normally, we share inspiring…
Alexa Delon is a freshman at Michigan State University studying in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities with a minor in Korean. Language and culture aren’t just the majors she chose to study; they’re central to her identity and the reason she chose to attend MSU in the first place.
Sometimes, the language that shapes our identity the most isn’t our native language.
When I asked Alaunie how her college experience would be different if she hadn’t learned a second language, she paused for a second before giving a little laugh, as if to indicate the absurdity of the thought. “It’d be so sad!”
Sjana had studied three languages before leaving for Costa Rica, but Spanish was not one of them.