Since coming to college at Indiana University in Bloomington over year ago now, I’ve realized that I have two major goals that I always want to be working towards: becoming bilingual and going green.
Let’s start with my perpetual love for the Spanish language.
After taking Spanish classes for 8 years, traveling to Spain for a week and living for a month in Oaxaca, Mexico, I decided to add Spanish as one of my majors and take every opportunity I can to learn more about the language the the culture of those who speak it.
Fluent is defined as “speaking or writing with ease,” but I’ve learned that there’s much more to it than just that. After 8 years of classes, yes, I would say I’m advanced, but if you’re one of those people who wants to ask if I’m fluent – well, then I never really know how to answer. I’ll probably never have the same instincts as a native speaker, and there are some sets of vocabulary that I’ll maybe never need to know (unless I start a family or become a nanny in a latin american country, will I ever need to know the word for baby bottle?) But anyway, my goal is to get as close to fluent as possible.
My other hope to “go green” was possibly brought on (definitely added to) by the culture here at IU.
Obviously, there’s a lot of focus on sustainability here, so that’s how I really got interested in it. My family has always recycled and spent time outdoors, but never as much as I do now. When I came to college, I started doing a lot more camping and backpacking. I learned about Leave No Trace on a few of the trips I went on, and something about it just really stuck with me. I wanted to use as many of the principles that I could in every day life.