Name: Matthew Reitz
Major: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
“My name is Matthew Reitz. I’m from Grapevine, TX, and I majored in Political Science, with a minor in Japanese. After graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C., to work on defense and foreign policy, and I am interning on Capitol Hill.”
Why did you choose to major/minor in a World Language?
We live in an interconnected world, what happens in one part of the world will impact us here at home. Learning another language lets us connect to other cultures and peoples, and build bridges between our cultures.
How do you think studying a foreign language helped to prepare you for your career?
To quote my Japanese professor Flores-sensei, "if you can give a strong presentation in Japanese, you can definitely give one in English too." Learning Japanese and speaking and presenting in it built up my confidence in my public speaking abilities. Learning Japanese also built my work ethic as Japanese, or any foreign language, requires a lot of dedication on the part of the student.
What advice do you have for other students thinking about majoring or minoring in a foreign language?
You don't have to be a "genius" to learn a foreign language, it’s all about effort. If you put in the hours, meet your professor after class, get a strong study group going with other students, you will be fine.