My studies in the Modern Languages and Literature department encouraged me to constantly look outside of my own perspective and point of view to see my world and the world as a whole in a more well-rounded way. Studying French, I was encouraged to have an open mind, to question norms, and to appreciate the traditions of other cultures. While my study in the department may have come to an end, I know I will carry this mindset with me throughout my life—continuously analyzing and questioning the culture I live in, my own beliefs, and seeking out new perspectives and mindsets in the process. I have a drive to learn more about those vastly different from myself, and I have become used to being outside of my comfort zone. By challenging myself and the world around me, I will be able to have vastly different experiences in my life that would not have been possible without the critical thinking I learned in this department.