Why Learning Another Language Matters for My Career

Greetings! I am re-blogging this ISA student blog about learning another language matters in a career. I agree wholeheartedly that spending time studying or working or living abroad expands our minds in ways we don’t anticipate for the rest of our lives. Enjoy!

The ISA Journal

Katie Zerkle is a student at Grand Valley State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain

It is my first day at my internship in the Urgency Department in a hospital in Málaga. I’m surrounded by people coming in on stretchers, doctors speaking rapidly, and nurses administering medications. A rush overcomes me as I’m witnessing  firsthand cases of patients that I have learned about in class—but I still felt at a disadvantage because of the language barrier.

I have been studying Spanish since I was a child and have worked in clinical settings with primarily Spanish speaking populations before, but I feel frozen and almost forgetful of any Spanish I have learned.

It takes me about two hours into my first shift to feel comfortable enough to ask questions. I have never met a more welcoming group of doctors- one…

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