Name: Jennie Lee
Majors: Vocal Performance & World Languages (Italian/German)
Graduation Year: 2016
“My name is Jennie Lee. I’m from North Carolina and I majored in Vocal Performance & World Languages (Italian &German). After graduation, I received a Fulbright scholarship, and I am currently working as an English Teaching Assistant in Hamburg, Germany.”
Why did you choose to major/minor in a World Language?
Originally I wanted to major in World Languages to supplement to my operatic studies. German and Italian are prominent languages and cultures in the development of classical music. Therefore I thought that by understanding the two, I could deepen my understanding of classical music as a whole.
How do you think studying a foreign language helped to prepare you for your career?
A major in world languages definitely strengthened my Fulbright scholarship application. It also helped to prepare me for living in Europe. There are many different languages used here, so having the ability to communicate in Italian, German and English is priceless. Plus, alongside the ever-growing globalization of our world, I believe that speaking multiple languages will prove to be of even more value in each and every job market.
What advice do you have for other students thinking about majoring or minoring in a foreign language?
Do it! It’s hard work, but you are setting yourself up for success.